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Cloud Servers Explained

Cloud Servers are a new, affordable way to get the cloud's computing power for your websites or applications. Test drive Cloud Servers for a day with the change lying down the back of your couch. 30 days risk free.

Each Cloud Server is a fully-customizable, pay by the hour, virtualized server instance that you launch, maintain, and control with full root access.

Imagine being able to provision a server in minutes. To upgrade it automatically. To bring servers up and down as needed. This is the idea behind Cloud Servers. Totally customizable, each Cloud Server gives you full root access to the Linux distribution of your choice. You pay depending on how large a server you buy. Based on Xen Virtualization technology, Cloud Servers brings the power of the cloud to the traditional server hosting based model. Just like a dedicated server, your Cloud Server provides total flexibility for you to run anything you want from a Java website to a Ruby on Rails application.

The Power of The Cloud

Scale resources across leading hardware architectures, bandwidth and storage to meet the needs of your job or service. Add a node when you need it or scale down when you need to.

Control your data, your applications, your dedicated Cloud Server, when you need it - and only when you need it.

Free your company from IT Infrastructure constraints, from long term contracts, from Capex and management nightmares.

Fault Tolerance within the Software Layer

Unlike legase infrastructures with hardware bearing the brunt of fault tolerance, the cloud infrastructure places all fault tolerance within the software layer itself. This accomplishes many things, the most beneficial of which is that load balancing can now be more intelligent overall and failover (fault tolerance) response is quicker.

Why Cloud Computing?

There are reasons aplenty to stick your head into cloud computing, says Forrester Research Inc. analyst James Staten. IT can't keep up with the demands of the business. The best Web services companies have maxed out their data centers for efficiency, and those babies can handle almost anything you throw them. You pay by the drink. You are free of long-term contracts. Most cloud vendors let you come and go as you please, Staten said. And all you need to do is log in.

  1. Capacity planning is hard to do: Of course, you want to provision IT at Internet speed, but figuring out whether the data center can hold another service, and where that service should go and what needs to be moved to make room for it, takes time. Also, there is a dearth of good tools to do this.
  2. Catch-22: You have vowed to keep up with the business, but "just give them another server" doesn't cut it anymore, because IT must control spending.
  3. The Biz wants a down-and-dirty prototype -- nothing big or fully baked: So, again, why can't IT squeeze in this modest proposal? Because it's hard to fit it in. (See No. 1) Security reasons also make it hard for you to set up an outside play area for them to kick around the idea.
  4. The data centers of the big Internet services providers, such as Amazon Web Services, Inc. or Akamai Technologies Inc., are better than yours. "Vastly superior," team Staten says. Economies of scale can get you a real deal on the economics of running a data center, not to mention kid-glove treatment from sharp-clawed hardware, software and maintenance vendors.
  5. Their data centers are better than yours, part 2. Big Internet service providers have not only better processes but also management and administration tools that, almost like magic, can spread applications across thousands of servers and scale them quickly, reminds Staten. (For more on these points, Staten suggests you read Amazon CTO Werner Vogels' blog, All Things Distributed.

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