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The Cloud: Agility and Flexibility

Cloud Computing Is Great For Finances and Agility

Cloud Computing Is Great For Finances and Agility

Here’s the thing – for the longest time the marketplace has been told that the Cloud is all about excellent price structures. Regardless of it’s storage, mobile synchronization, data security and low carbon footprint, the marketplace has been sold on how inexpensive the Cloud is for businesses of all sizes. From Amazon Cloud Services, to Google Cloud Solutions to our very own Solar VPS Cloud offerings, the marketplace at large has been sold on how cheap Cloud computing solutions are. Now, while this is the case – Cloud web hosting, Cloud storage and Cloud computing are very affordable – time and time again case studies show that the highest selling point of Cloud Computing solutions isn’t the price – it’s the agility. For the vast majority of corporate consumers, the major selling point of Cloud Computing solutions isn’t it’s cost comparison internal IT solutions, but how quickly Cloud solutions can be deployed, re-deployed, scaled and fitted to custom sized needs. It’s about agility.

But what do we mean by this?

Cloud Agility and Flexibility

Cloud Flexibility is Key to Corporate Cloud Adoption

Cloud Flexibility is Key to Corporate Cloud Adoption

Without beating around the Cloud too much, corporations and personal consumers are coming around to Cloud computing services because of how fast they can be deployed, rolled back and scaled to meet needs. For companies who need their solutions to be deployed and running at a moment’s notice, studies conducted by the IT research firm CDW and the Sand Hill Group both confirm the major factor in Cloud adoption in corporate America is quickness and scalability. As noted by Stephen Brat, GM of Cloud Solutions of CDW:

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The Growing Cloud

Numerous industries have already realized the benefits provided by Cloud Computing. That’s why tons of companies have already started adopting and integrating the technology into their businesses. While most of know the various uses for Cloud Computing, you may find some below you haven’t thought of yet.

Data Storage

Cloud Storage

Cloud Storage

Odd as it may sound, it’s still common for business to maintain their electronic data on in-house servers. Cloud Computing allows businesses to store their data remotely in a secure datacenter located the world away. While some companies choose to house their servers in their kitchen (I recently visited a company whose sandwiches were made next to their internal email server) Cloud Computing unshackles companies from their internal servers – in the process freeing up physical space and freeing up OPEX and CAPEX expenditures.

Cloud Computing solutions create an environment where employees can work together by having immediate access to the same information regardless of their location. Not only does Cloud storage save your business money on expensive software (CAPEX), it also saves space on the hard drive of each employee’s computer. Why would anyone outsource their electronic data storage? It’s simple, not only are the benefits of remote data storage plentiful, it’s extremely affordable, too.

As previously mentioned, the Cloud allows companies to take their internal servers off their books. This means companies no longer have to shell out upwards of $50,000 every few years to maintain and replace their internal server housing their email and phone needs. As automatic software updates save companies on CAPEX, no server equipment maintenance/replacement saves companies tons of dough on OPEX.

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Top 5 Benefits of SAN

Here at Solar VPS, we utilize NetApp SAN (Storage Area Network) to supply our customers with the best Cloud storage available anywhere on the market today. We do this because we firmly believe that the NetApp SAN is the best SAN in the business to power your storage needs 7 days of the week, 4331.57 days of Jupiter’s year. Due to this, we are now going to present you with the top 5 benefits of SAN.

1. Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery

We own a data center. We host your Cloud there. When our data center is running at peak capacity making every vital server hum with IT power, we rely on our SAN to make sure everything runs smoothly. When our DC runs applications which are vital to your business life and our business life, we utilize the NetApp SAN because if something happens to go down – if an issue arises causing a data disaster – NetApp SAN is our insurance policy to make sure your business data and hosting life stays up and running. To the point, in terms of disaster recovery, SAN is billions of light years ahead of anything else.

2. Disk Utilization

Utilizing NetApp SAN storage allows us to manage and access all storage data as a single piece. Without beating around the bush, SAN allows for the best disk utilization of any storage solution in the IT industry. By being able to access storage as a single piece, Solar VPS can effectively pick and choose slices of storage from the overall grouping of resources and direct those resources to the servers which need them most at the moment. SAN allows for smart usage of storage where nothing is wasted and nothing goes wasted.

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Windows and Linux Cloud Hosting Applications

What Can I use my Windows or Linux Cloud VPS For?

Cloud Hosting

Cloud Hosting

So here is the thing, you are a newbie to the whole Cloud Hosting game. Maybe you’re a professional blogger just getting his or her start commenting on your given niche of the world (we hope you blog about delicious cakes. We love cakes.) or maybe you are a marketing manager of a newly formed online seller of sports goods. Either way, whatever you do online, you have decided to enter the Cloud Computing (Cloud Hosting) sphere, because you know without a solidly built website – without an excellent blogging platform or ecommerce website – your hopes of online dominance are going to fail worse than an asteroid attempting to knock Jupiter off its orbital path. Due to this, let’s take some time to talk about what you can use Cloud Hosting for.

You Love Blogging? So do we. Blog on, Mr. Blogger

Blogging

Blogging

In today’s Internet-centric world, people in the know understand that blogging is much more than simply stating your thoughts to the world on the most current political crisis or on what ingredients go into creating a succulent chocolate cake. Bloggers understand, beyond getting their thoughts and desires out to the world, that blogging is a way to attract and keep ad revenue coming into your website. Through various means and tactics (SEO, Internal Site Structure, Keyword Research/Analysis) which can be boiled into targeting a key demographic, professional bloggers can attract and keep ad revenue staying and playing on their site. For this reason, because Solar VPS knows you have a voice which likes to make money, we offer our SolarSystem star travelers multiple blogging platforms like WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. In addition we offer these lesser known blogging platforms; b2evolutions, Chyrp, DotClear, EggBlog, Nucelous, Open Blog, PivotX, Pixie, Serendipity and Textpattern. It should be noted, we offer all of these applications as one-click installs. We do this to make your life as a web hosting guru that much easier. So, the first use for your Windows or Linux Cloud Virtual Private Server: Blogging. Continue

Do You Monitor Your Website's Uptime Statistics?

SolarRay Website Uptime Monitoring

SolarRay Website Uptime Monitoring

Let’s say for the sake of this conversation, you own a small to medium sized business located in the small sleepy town of Sleepy Hollow, NY. Mr. Crain and his headless adventures aside, you’re small to medium sized business is a growing legal, medical or ecommerce firm. To connect with your clients, you have a website hosted by a Cloud provider (Solar VPS is a great choice). While you love your site, let’s be honest here, it isn’t something you want to have to think about or worry about on a daily basis because you have more important things to do – getting people out of jail, prescribing medicine and selling the latest and greatest piece of women’s jewelry. As such, when your website goes down at 3:35 am on a random Tuesday, you don’t want to be bothered to fix it. For this, there are website downtime checkers and website downtime monitors. Let’s dive into some of the basic stats behind website downtime monitoring software to see if there is such a thing as 100% uptime guarantee.

Your Website Downtime This Month Was…?

100% Website Uptime?

100% Website Uptime?

Right off the bat we have to tell you, any Cloud Hosting or Web Hosting company which guarantees you a 100% website uptime SLA is selling you a bill of goods. The truth of the matter is, in the web hosting and Cloud computing industry, 100% website uptime is on the same level as the headless horseman: grim fairytales. This simple fact can be proven by taking a quick look at some of the basic requirements of web hosting providers. On a monthly basis, your provider will need to:

  1. Run scheduled maintenance on your website
  2. Routinely backup data on your website
  3. Fix errors, install patches, correct mistakes in your website hosting infrastructure (Cloud computing architecture)

All of these alone will cause your provider to temporarily suspend service to your website. Combined, these issues will rack up a serious yet small amount of website downtime on a monthly basis. According to 2011 estimates, on a monthly basis, due to the aforementioned issues, the average individual website experiences 7.2 minutes of downtime per month – mostly in the middle of the night. Another factor which can be incorporated in this small yet costly figure is your website running at peak memory, disk space, CPU and bandwidth rates – any of which can either slow your site or fully shut it down.

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