Everyone talks about the “cloud” but very few people understand it. The reality behind the whole thing is Cloud Computing offers many valuable opportunities people should take advantage of.
- 1. Redundancy
- 2. Scalability
- 3. Great Bandwidth
Few people truly understand what a cloud computer is. They just refer to it as a VPS. This is NOT cloud computing by a long-shot. A VPS is a Virtual Private Server. While it may run in a mini-cloud, the reality is most of the time, the hardware and resources are oversold.
If you want a REAL test of what cloud computing will do, you need to understand what Cloud Computing’s capabilities are. This article will address what a properly designed cloud will do.
Most VPS providers consist of 2-3 machines running 50-60 machines (VPS) instances. If you’re dissapointed with cloud computing that is the main reason. You went to a bargain basement provider that doesn’t give you what you REALLY need.
A true Cloud Instance will truly provide you with the computing power and resources you’re paying for. The benefits include Real Time Fail-over as well as true redundancy. You won’t notice the difference. Your machine will just “stay up” regardless of what happens.
You can take real-time snapshots of the instance and you can “spin up” additional instances as you need them in literally no time.
Backups are done on the SAN and not the actual machine (if the architecture is set up right) and up-time will exceed any computer you could possibly put together.
In fact, many Cloud Instances from Amazon exceed the performance specifications of actual hardware, because your machine may be moved dynamically from one set of hardware to another without you even knowing it.
You can set thresholds for performance and guarantees on performance are REAL. IF you’re going for the cheap VPS provider, you’re lucky if your machine is actually running on more than one piece of hardware.
A real cloud has a SAN that is usually fiber connected to the infrastructure. What does that mean? No loss of data.
The only issue you’ll ever deal with in a high performance cloud is having to justify why you didn’t move there sooner.
Downtime becomes minimal if at all. If you’re looking for “5 nines”, then you’re talking about carrier class hardware, but I can say truthfully that I’ve had cloud systems up that have exceeded “5 nines” stability.
The other issue is understanding how to use it to your advantage. This is where people like me come in. We understand the technology and can show you a cost benefit analysis that will not only blow your mind, but provide a level of scalability that your organization would be hard to compete with.
Consider it. If you don’t like what you see after a 3 month trial, then I would say cancel, but 3 months is a good guage of what it’s all about. A 10.00 VPS is meaningless. A true cloud computer instance is going to run you about 100.00 a month or around there to match the performance of your existing hardware. The only difference is you’re fully redundant. One perfect example of this is Microsoft Exchange and Sharepoint.
How many of you have had Microsoft Exchange or Sharepoint fail causing massive loss of data. What if I told you I could eliminate or near eliminate that problem while allowing you the same capabilities with better bandwidth and redundancy?
Would you be interested? Here are 2 examples.
My PBX in a cloud has been up 8 years with no unscheduled downtime. (I schedule maintenance Windows)
My Email Server has been in the cloud and hosts about 500 email accounts + webmail + tls authentication + encryption for about the same amount of time.
I don’t remember when the last time my website went down, but it’s been greater than 6 years.
So.. If you’re interested in the cloud, but don’t have the skills or the desire to maintain it, consider my EC2 Product. I take care of everything for one cost.
It works, performance is phenomenal and you’ll never have to deal with hiring an admin. How’s that for cost savings?
Did I mention it becomes a capitalization expense vs. an operating expense doing it this way?