All available on one month contracts, they feature 2.4Ghz quad-core processors, and range from 4GB to 8GB RAM depending on the model you opt for. Take a look and if you have any questions, you’re welcome to get in touch.
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.
- 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.
You’ve chosen your hosting provider (hopefully taking into consideration some of the ideas suggested in our 10-point guide!) and next you need to decide on the hosting platform you’re going to use: should it be a shared account, a physical dedicated server, or a virtual server in the cloud? In this post, we’ll take a look at each hosting type in turn, summarising the benefits of each platform.
The final part of our 10-point guide to choosing a server provider continues with further considerations around the way in which the service is delivered. You can download the full guide here (pdf).
Welcome to the second part of our “digging deeper” alternative guide to choosing a dedicated server provider. This week, the focus is on the way in which a hosting service is delivered — where a provider can really add value. If you missed the first part, you can catch up here.
The Differentiation: Who and How
Increasingly, technical specification and pricing carries less significance when directly comparing hosting providers, if only for the fact that technology moves quickly and the same high performance hardware is
available to any provider if they wish to offer it. The key differentiation, and one which is often overlooked, is the way in which the service is delivered. Without effective customer service and an appropriate supporting technical infrastructure in place, a highly specified server will not deliver a great experience to your visitors, customers or users.
Yes, it’s another of those “how to choose your host” articles (the sighs are almost audible…) but please do read on, because we’ve approached this important question from a different angle. In the guide that follows, we’ll look less at the often discussed hardware and technology perspective, and focus instead on the questions that you really should be asking your prospective server host.
When entrusting this part of your business to a provider, there are two broad areas for consideration. First and most obviously, can the technical specification of your requirement be fulfilled? Second – and this is where due diligence really pays off – how is the service delivered?
The Basics: Meeting Your Technical Requirements
The most straightforward part of the selection process is to establish a shortlist of providers that offer the services to meet your basic requirements, so we’ll cover this first. It could be as simple as ticking boxes against the suitability of hardware to effectively support your planned activity, but it is also important to ensure that you will have the freedom and tools to work as you wish.