One of the most popular hybrid cloud configurations is to use dedicated servers for back-end applications. The power of these servers creates the most robust environment for data storage and movement. The front-end is hosted on cloud servers. This configuration works well for Software as a Service (SaaS) applications, which require flexibility and scalability depending on customer-facing metrics.
Virtual Private Servers have long been recognized as a way for businesses to reduce IT costs and increase operational efficiency. By isolating applications and programs within one virtual server that’s set aside solely for you, VPS provides high levels of privacy, security and control. But while VPS delivers cost savings on hardware and offers the flexibility to run multiple operating systems or sets of programs on individual servers at the same time, it doesn't scale well.
Cloud hosting is still a relatively new technology, and many who have experience with traditional hosting are hesitant to move to something different. Shared hosting provides consumers with a convenient, low-entry hosting solution, and many users never experience problems. But if you’re looking for a low-cost, flexible, easily scalable hosting solution, it may be time to move to the cloud.

Next, we want to understand what a virtual private server is and how it works. The VPS is a private, dedicated hosting environment that is on a host, parent server, or a cluster of servers through the use of virtualization. We implement a hypervisor or virtual machine manager (computer software, firmware, or hardware that creates and runs virtual machines) to run virtual machines on a host/parent server. Each virtual machine is called a guest instance or child instance, relating a guest to a host and a child to a parent.
With many other VPS plans, they cut off and limit your resource usage. Our Cloud VPS plans are different in the sense that they offer Burstable RAM limits. You will have a dedicated amount of RAM during low traffic periods (1.5GB for Cloud VPS-1000, 3GB for Cloud VPS-2000 and 6GB for Cloud VPS-3000), but are able to use a higher amount during high traffic surges and spikes.
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It all boils down to the amount of resources you require. If you've got a number of domains that have small numbers of pages, small load (low visitor numbers) and don't eat resources like a big ecommerce package (Magento for example), then shared or reseller plans might be all you need. When your visitor numbers, page numbers or application demands grow, it's time to move up to a VPS - either traditional SSD VPS or Cloud VPS. Speak with one of our sales reps who can help you look over what you've got, what you're trying to achieve, and put together a game plan that meets your needs and doesn't cost a fortune.
The value proposition for bare metal technologies is in the historical evidence that suggests most server workloads take advantage of a fraction of the actual physical resources over an extended period.  By combining workloads on a single hardware platform, one can optimize the capitalized expenditure of that hardware platform. This is the model cloud service providers use to create cheaper computing resources on their platform.

Powering 28% of the internet, WordPress provides the backend interface for more than 60 million bloggers, entrepreneurs, developers, and enterprise businesses. Given the platform’s wide applications, cloud hosting is a perfect fit for highly trafficked, in-demand websites and online stores. InMotion Hosting, our favorite option for all things WordPress, understandably outperforms competitors in terms of optimized infrastructure, superior management, and ultimate usability:
Enterprise-level, infrastructure-as-a-service cloud hosting from the likes of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Rackspace are also available. Though these are technically cloud hosting services, they are not what's highlighted here. For more on that flavor of expansive (and potentially more expensive!) cloud hosting, please visit our story about the best infrastructure-as-a-service solutions.
Traditional hosting, especially shared hosting, has its drawbacks though. Because the resources of a single server are shared among a number of different websites, spikes in traffic to those websites can mean decreased performance for your own. Security breaches and other performance issues on other sites make take yours down as well. And there’s a single point of failure. If the server itself experiences technical problems, everyone hosted on that server will be affected.

The good news is that you will still be able to choose how much power you exactly need. What is cloud hosting offering here? It’s pretty simple. You can choose from multiple providers offering different plans - the difference being the amount of RAM, the power of the CPU and so on. You choose how much you want. It is very upgradeable. Cloud server hosting puts the power in your hands.


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A top consideration in choosing a VPS plan is whether you want the service to be managed or unmanaged. Unmanaged plans are less expensive, but they put the burden of server management on your shoulders. With a managed plan, experts take care of many security and performance concerns. In addition, when you choose the memory, CPU power, and hard drive capacity of your virtual machine, also inquire about the quality and specifics of the physical host it will run on to be sure that the physical host has the power to meet the demands of your virtual machine. Finally, check on the backup plan and redundancy for recovery from any disasters or malfunctions.

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As organizations continue to migrate and move their production applications into the public cloud, we find that they are also leveraging multiple cloud infrastructure providers, or multi-cloud environments. And in this multi-cloud world, organizations are looking to reduce the complexity of their IT systems as the use of cloud service providers (CSPs) continues to grow. Read this analyst … Continue Reading...

Customization with VPS hosting is very similar to that of a dedicated server. You have full root access with complete control over the OS as well as the website and all software. You can customize and configure as desired, as if you had a separate server. Each physical host system can run only one operating system, so your choice of OS may be limited if the hosting company only runs one type of virtual hosting machine. Linux systems are generally more common than Windows systems for this type of hosting.
“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”.

Setting up your systems on a new cloud hosting plan isn’t for faint-hearted beginners. Many choose to avoid the virtualization complexities by opting for managed hosting services, which often include assistance for software installations and updates, security tools, and performance optimizations. Hosting specialists perform both the complicated and the mundane tasks required to maintain healthy infrastructure and application stacks.

It seems you can't watch TV, listen to the radio or surf the internet without hearing about the "Cloud". Cloud has become such a buzzword that it has almost lost any meaning at all. We put the meaning back into Cloud. To A2 Hosting, Cloud Hosting means a high powered, developer friendly, reliable and scalable hosting solution. That's exactly the level of Cloud Hosting service you'll get from A2 Hosting.


It only takes three letters to pique our interest in a particular hosting plan. SSD, which stands for solid-state drive, gives servers a performance and reliability boost that can’t be ignored. Yes, the upgraded option typically comes with a slightly higher price tag, but up to 20-times faster page loads make SSDs seem more than worthwhile. By including SSDs in their cloud network, hosting providers are showing a dedication to customer success and service that matters. Take a look at our top pick for SSD cloud hosting:
Choosing a Cloud VPS, allows you to rely on VMware technology, the market leading provider of virtualization software, have your data stored in the latest SSD storage and have guaranteed quality connectivity for both Italian and international connections. Last but not least, you know that your virtual servers are in Aruba Cloud's data centres, which comply with the highest standards in terms of reliability.

Cloud hosting refers primarily to the use of virtual hardware, network, storage and composite solutions from a cloud vendor. It is enabled through virtualization, whereby the entire computing capacity of an infrastructure or data center is distributed and delivered to multiple users simultaneously. The user uses underlying infrastructure to host its own applications, services and data. For example, a physical server can be virtualized and consolidated to host several cloud servers, all sharing the processor, memory, storage, network and other resources.

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