As Microsoft Azure becomes an increasingly popular cloud choice, there is growing evidence on how enterprises can increase the value they gain from Azure. In this guide for migrating to Azure, Navisite has identified 12 key learnings from scores of Azure deployments. Discover the steps to avoid common migration pitfalls and achieve the right level of transparency and control when working … Continue Reading...
The biggest decision is whether to have a cloud-based or in-house server infrastructure. While it may sound like a black-or-white selection, there are many things to consider. The first factor is how important uptime is to your business. Cloud solutions are usually more expensive than in-house, but the benefits of being in the cloud can far outweigh the costs for some businesses. For example, an online business that is reliant on web-based transactions will consider uptime an extremely important factor; therefore, they will likely be willing to pay more for a cloud-based solution that can guarantee a certain level of uptime. Other businesses not as dependent on uptime may be more suited to an in-house set up.
“Guaranteed uptime” is one of the most common buzzwords in the business. Most (if not all) hosting providers offer uptimes of 99.9% and higher. Some cloud hosting companies, like A2 hosting, for example, genuinely deliver on their promises. Yet still, it's important to know how downtimes work. This convenient chart shows, how often your website can still go down with the provider’s “guaranteed uptime”.
Varnish cache is a web application accelerator that can speed up your website by up to 1000 percent. Varnish is mostly used for content heavy websites. Caching is used by the top 10k websites with high-traffic including Wikipedia and many online news sites such as The New York Times, The Hindu, The Guardian, etc. It is also used by social and content sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, and Tumblr.
Traditional hosting sees your website leverage the power of one particular server's CPU, RAM, storage, and data transfers. For example, shared web hosting has your website share resources with other sites that are also hosted exclusively on one server. The result is many annoying limitations in terms of power, and the inability to handle sharp traffic surges. For better service, you can pay for a virtual private server, or even a dedicated server of varying power. In all these case, you're basically relying on one server, and that's it. Cloud hosting, however, kicks that single-server hosting model to the curb in a marvelous manner. With cloud hosting, your website draws resources from multiple servers.
Cloud hosting is an alternative to hosting websites on single servers (either dedicated or shared servers) and can be considered as an extension of the concept of clustered hosting where websites are hosted on multiple servers. With cloud hosting, however, the network of servers that are used is vast and often pulled from different data centres in different locations.