The common pricing model in cloud hosting is to pay as you go without large upfront costs. Be wary of any plan or hosting company that seems to buck this trend. Inquire about the security of the datacenters that house the servers. One study found that one third of data breaches involved some compromise of physical security. The decentralized nature of cloud hosting makes data security more complicated. Be sure that the network you will be using is compliant with regulations such as PCI DSS and HIPAA. Look for third-party audits to confirm this.
I've observed or been a part of buying decisions for a few thousand server customers, from small-business owners getting a website online for the first time to established platforms with tens of millions of visits every day. While each of those purchasers had different requirements and priorities for a cloud server, a few key deciding factors were consistent across those decisions:
Windows servers feature an easy-to-use interface using remote desktop access. You will need Windows hosting if you use Microsoft technologies such as ASP, ASP.NET, FrontPage, or MSSQL. It is easier to manage multiple websites using Windows. However, since Windows is a proprietary system with licensing fees, the hosting plans tend to be more expensive. Windows virtual machines are also known to place heavier demand on the physical host system.
Cloud hosting assures high availability and uptime because of the multiple servers in a redundant system. If a server fails, its files and functional responsibilities are instantly migrated to another server with no downtime. Memory capacity and CPU power also expand on demand to meet your needs or compensate for those of another customer without impacting other users in the network. It is ideal for sites that may experience wide fluctuations in traffic volume.
Running a growing business on the Internet today requires a fast and reliable broadband connection. Having a reliable network with premium peering partners and ISPs, InMotion Hosting gives you faster email and web site performance. With InMotion Hosting's VPS Hosting, you have access to an incredibly fast Gigabit network with 100Mbit transfer speed standard. Your VPS server is part of a data center that connects to the Internet through 3 separate ISPs. Our BGP4 Smart Routing technology also automatically adapts and switches networks based on latency, always giving you the best possible speed.
This private cloud solution gives you the same freedom, flexibility and scalability as the public cloud, but in a single-tenant server environments designed, built, installed, hosted and supported by the OpenStack experts at Rackspace. We also offer a wide range of storage and network products, plus the benefit of 24x7x365 access to support from experts.
InMotion Hosting's Virtual Private Servers are now using Solid State Drives (SSDs), a type of hard drive that uses no mechanical parts and provides substantial performance upgrades from traditional spinning drives. Solid State Drives give you faster read/write speeds, can handle more disk requests and can push through significantly more data than a standard Hard Disk Drive (HDD).
“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”.
A website hosted on a Shared Hosting Server Shares resources such as Storage, RAM and CPU with many other sites, that could range from a few to hundreds, but is limited by hardware limitations on that device. On the contrary, our Cloud Hosting Services offer a nearly unlimited ability to handle traffic spikes because of a virtualization layer with a separate CEPH storage cluster and upgradable CPU Core and RAM model. If one storage instance is rendered inaccessible, the other instances will be able to serve the stored information due to the 3N redundancy.
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