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Dec 4 2012

A slice of cloud for everyone: VMware™ cloud servers

By at 13:27 in Cloud and Cloud Data Centres, Featured


Hot on the heels of the launch of Cloud Utilities (our cloud computing platform) it’s time to announce the next evolution in our range of services: Linux and Windows VMware virtual cloud servers. This new service replaces our previous range of virtual dedicated servers, and as “true” cloud servers, they offer many of the benefits typically associated with larger-scale cloud computing.

Improved reliability:

  • The important thing to know here is that a cloud server doesn’t run from a single piece of hardware.
  • Instead, it’s part of a much larger infrastructure (the very same commercial-class infrastructure we designed for Cloud Utilities) and draws the RAM, processing power and storage it needs from a large pool of resources.
  • This means that if a piece of hardware should go down, it is much easier to recover quickly – your cloud server simply pulls in what it needs from elsewhere in the resource pool, while you (and your visitors and customers) carry on without being disrupted by downtime.

Improved flexibility:

  • One of the major advantages of cloud computing has been the freedom to scale up and down as a requirement changes.
  • This is ideal for situations where a site is enjoying rapid growth for example: rather than go through what can often be a time-consuming process of migrating to a more powerful system, a cloud server can be upgraded on the fly — no migration, no delays, no disruption.
  • Other scenarios where this flexibility is useful include sites which have a seasonal or cyclical pattern of activity: beef up your server during busy times, and drop back down (while cutting your hosting costs at the same time) during quieter periods. With a cloud server, you can align your requirement more closely with your demand.
  • What’s more, our cloud servers are available on a monthly contract, so you can dip in and out as you need to. Again, perfect if you have a short term (dev, seasonal or pilot project) requirement and don’t want to commit to a long term dedicated server contract.

Available on demand:

  • While we carry a stock of our most popular dedicated servers, sometimes we don’t have the hardware available to meet a requirement immediately. Not an issue if you can wait a few days to allow us to get hold of the hardware for you, but if you have an urgent requirement, that delay can cause a problem.
  • With our cloud infrastructure, the hardware is ready and waiting to be provisioned — you tell us what you want, and we power it up for you in a matter of minutes.

So, is a cloud server always best?

What about the good old traditional dedicated server? Well, it still has a significant role to play, and depending on your requirements, you’ll find that a physical dedicated server will comfortably hold its own and fulfil a wide range of needs. You can read more about our thoughts on this in our article: Shared hosting, dedicated server or cloud server — what’s best for you?

And if you’re still looking for answers after reading that, you’re welcome to contact us for a bit of tailor-made advice.


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