Charming You With Cloud VPS or VM

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The advent of IT innovation began more than half a century ago. Leading us now at a point where we have web scale computing, lightning fast processor speed and at a junction of cloud computing, to manage all of our IT requirements.  As with most large scale operations, the technology sector too has not only become faster but also cheaper with time. If our predecessors were fortunate enough in the 60’s to have technology, they would be paying around $1000 per MB of storage. Today, a terabyte of storage is almost equivalent to the cost of our toothpaste consumption in a month.

During the 60’s era, computing was mainly used for modeling, forecasting and simulations for scientific research and government programs like NASA. Today’s technology consumption and utility have increased leaps and bounds , due to the low cost computers and storage devices, high- capacity networks as well as widespread adaptation of service-oriented culture and hardware virtualization. We are compelled to increasingly contemplate about cloud computing.

Some businesses however, are still resisting the transition from dedicated servers to a cloud environment. In the mid 1990’s when cloud hosting was picking up as an option for business practice, it took a while for internal systems to catch up to the capabilities of expanding. However, creating a hybrid platform these days is easier than ever.

Cloud VPS or VM hosting is just one of many types of hosting options available in the market today. Essentially, a VPS is a virtual server that offers many if not more advantages then a dedicated server. VPS is a shared server but it makes sure that with partitions in the VPS the user’s information remains highly confidential and secure by allocating separate nodes to each business client. Trustworthy web host providers like CirrusHosting.com also allocate plenty of VPS server resources to responsibly avoid server downtime.

One of the hurdles that companies come up against in migrating from dedicated servers to cloud VPS is that some companies use programs that are designed to work with legacy infrastructure or have not been updated in a long time.

It is seldom that businesses jump off the rut of daily business practices and ask themselves, if there is a more efficient way of testing, deploying or even developing our business applications. Or are just looking for some extra infrastructure that readily scales whenever one would require it to.

Innovation is the buzz word for today’s businesses and that requires agility. If it typically takes your business a while to accommodate new technology and with even greater struggle to disseminate that internally, then you probably want to consider significant restructuring. Cloud computing helps with that struggle as it permits companies to have their applications up and running faster, have lesser maintenance costs, better manageability and allows IT to keep abreast with the rapidly fluctuating and unpredictable business demands.

With additional stability and scalability, enterprises would highly benefit from a private cloud that is easily available and can be upgraded without experiencing downtime or impacting critical business endeavors.

Cloud also helps in maximizing  the use of computing power thus reducing environmental damage as well since less power, air conditioning, rack space, etc. are required for a variety of functions. With cloud computing, multiple users can access a single server to retrieve and update their data without purchasing licenses for different applications.

A service provider like CirrusHosting.com takes over most of the management, including security, memory, storage, IT support and even helps in the virtualization.

Customers consistently want to connect their services together more easily. That is the power of cloud; it eases the average business of having to constantly worry about infrastructure maintenance and management.

Virtual Private Servers VS Dedicated servers

  • Same Security
  • Flexibility
  • Same Performance
  • Better Scalability
  • Migration to New Hardware
  • Better Redundancy
  • Easier Upgrade Paths

Apparently Cloud computing is going to reach a record high in 2015, it is time for businesses to make hay while the sun shines. Meaning it is time for businesses to lay the foundations that will help keep their business up and running for many years to come. It is either that or wait for the inevitable failure of important systems/hardware which of course in the long run, cost far more damage to the business than switching to cloud now.

Migration to Cloud doesn’t have to be a daunting task. It is simply one that is highly recommended for businesses today. It is an incredibly powerful service- whose time has come.

 

Introducing Cirrus Cloud VM 1.0 – The latest cloud hosting offer by Cirrus Tech. Ltd

March 2015, Cirrus Tech Ltd, a Toronto, Ontario based company specializing in private and public cloud hosting have chosen OnApp as its technology provider for its cloud VM offerings –formally known as VPS.

This collaboration between Cirrus Tech and OnApp software transforms Cirrus VM offering into a flexible, scalable and highly automated platform.

This new product (Cirrus Cloud VM 1.0) has been intentionally numbered, as Cirrus intends to routinely release new packages with significantly, updated specs and features in each iteration.

The entry package with Single Core 2.0 Ghz CPU, 2 GB of RAM and 50 GB Disk space – starts at $39.99 per month and it would be $23.99 on a 3-year term sign-up.

This is perfect for Website hosting, website developers, desktop on Cloud, VOIP, VPN server etc.

 

What’s new in Cirrus’s V 1.0:-

SSD Disk option (High Performance disks): This makes our offerings suitable for hosting database driven applications. Where large amounts of read/write operations happen.

Extreme Scalability: In addition, have the ability to build from a relatively small VM and expand to a full blown private cloud with private disks, private networks  and  private severs  referred to as “Smart servers” on the OnApp platform. This would allow customers to host their cloud based applications with peace of mind. Not having to worry about designing and investing too much in infrastructure. This would also allow for significant growth and expand to virtually unlimited capacity with no interruptions in the service.

Hourly Billing: Furthermore, our customers will have the flexibility of paying per hour, for their individual website’s workload. This gives the customer a wide range of billing models such as seasonal billing.

 

Cirrus Tech’s preexisting cloud features include:

Hardware redundancy (live migration)

  • Redundant storage
  • Quick provisioning
  • Console access
  • Recovery mode (to access file system when OS is not functional)
  • Cloning
  • Image backup included
  • Cloud based DNS included
  • Hundreds of templates to choose from
  • Upgrade resources without reboot for some major operating systems such as CentOS
  • Virtual firewall (Firewall outside of the virtual environment)
  • VM segregation (in case of customer having multiple VMs)
  • Guaranteed and Dedicated resources
  • Intelligent Auto-scaling
  • Load Balancers
  • CDN

More and more businesses are sourcing cloud infrastructure from local providers who can offer a close-touch service with excellent local country support – providers just like Cirrus. Running on the OnApp cloud platform, Cirrus can deliver a great cloud feature set, from traditional VPS through to enterprise hybrid cloud, with a fantastic user experience and all of the key cloud features that business customers need for their apps.”  Kosten Metreweli – Chief Commercial Officer at OnApp

You can view the new Cloud VM plans here on Cirrus’s website: http://www.cirrushosting.com/cloud-hosting-canada/cirrus-cloud-vm-hosting-v1 

To find out more about Cirrus’ Cloud VMs, visit us at www.cirrushosting.com or call 1.877.624.7787

About Cirrus Hosting

Cirrus Tech Ltd. has been a leader in providing affordable, dependable cloud hosting as well as website hosting services in Canada since 1999.  They have hosted and supported hundreds of thousands of websites and applications for Canadian businesses and clients around the world. As a BBB member with an A+ rating, Cirrus Hosting is a top-notch Canadian web hosting company with professional support, rigorous reliability and easily upgradable VPS solutions that grow right alongside your business. Their Canadian data center is at 151 Front Street in Toronto.

Use Cloud Hosting with CDN To Help Prevent Website Downtime Once and For All!

A website needs to be up and running at all times for users to be able to access anytime of the day-from any city in the world. In today’s world we spend more time on the internet than having conversations with people in our lives. This means businesses need to be prepared for any unforeseeable downtimes  and possible website slowdowns, which could be caused by variety of reasons, like, technical issues at a provider infrastructure, a rush of traffic due to breaking news, seasonal shopping trends, etc …

Now as more and more businesses are solely transforming their business practices online- they need to make sure that in this competitive market, their website user has the best possible user experience – for every second a user waits for a page to load on your website, a large number of them would give up and head back to google to search for probably your competitors site that would not leave them this disgruntled.  As we all know, one of the most important aspects of internet users experience is the speed at which the content of the web pages load.

For most websites, a content distribution network: also known as CDN is one of the best ways to ensure that the integrity of the website is delivered without delay to users across the world. What CDN is in actuality, is a network of geographically dispersed high-capacity hosted servers which deliver cached content from websites to end users  depending  on the geographical locations of these end users in cases of downtimes or slowdowns. So that, even during a breakdown phase of the website-the users may still have access to the websites static content.

 

Cirrus Cloud CDN

 

 

 

On set up, CDN utilizes cutting edge technology standards to distribute the content from your web hosts server to a network of geographically dispersed servers. Nevertheless, behind the CDN sits your hosting provider, serves content to multiple servers around the globe and very quickly upon updates. Once a visitor tries to view your site, an intelligence embedded in the nature of the technology, serves the visitor from closest provider. Also, in case any of the providers in this entire CDN network experience any technical difficulties, any of the other providers will start serving the content, without being notices or delayed!

Many e-commerce and media company vendors pay Cloud hosting companies like Cirrus tech (www.cirrushosting.com) to set up their CDN so as to deliver their content to their audience of end-users. Apart from better performance and its efficient availability, CDN helps to offload the traffic served directly from the main providers’ original infrastructure that could result in possible cost saving for the company. Cirrus hosting’s CDN (Content distribution network) is based on the innovative OnApp (www.Onapp.com/federation) cloud platform that helps to push copies of our customers site and media automatically. OnApp has a huge pool of virtual infrastructure that you can use to create services that are both global and diverse in nature or as local and individualistic  as per the need.  OnApp federated CDN has over 170 points of presence in 113 cities across 43 countries helping in distributing different sites’ content in these different locations.

There is a lot of discussion on security concerns of cloud technologies like CDN. With OnApp CDN, publishers have complete control over their content delivery policies, including the ability to protect against stream ripping and unauthorized access. You can feel safe in the knowledge that you will have complete control over where your content is sent and also only public facing content is distributed.

 

The four major reasons why CDN is vital:-

  • Continuity:- A down time of company’s website can cost the business millions of dollars. Whether if you are running a blog, shopping cart or even an online magazine, it is important to make sure your visitors can access your site at all times.
  • Speed:- Thousands or even millions of visitors rushing onto a website , even in its downtime has no impact due to this agile component of CDN. The user’s location and close proximity to the web server has a desirable impact on the websites load time. By dispersing content across multiple geographically located servers, one is able to load pages faster.
  • Improved SEO:- This is due to the physical locations of the multiple servers around the world and so the websites are being loaded from the closest servers making the loading time faster. Google and other search engines like yahoo and Bing give preference to local addresses increasing the Search engine optimization for that website.
  • Cost effective:- Content Delivery Network (CDN) is not all difficult to manage and apart from this, there is no costs entailed on setting up infrastructure. This frees up businesses to manage their business and even aspects of their website without any underlying concern of a website crash. CDN leaves your content and business practices secure- leaving them to focus on sales, engagement, conversion rates and revenue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How Can You Tell If Your Business Is Ready For The Cloud?

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So how can you tell if your business is among those that should implement the cloud? Read more

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It makes me cringe when I talk to small business owners about the state of their IT infrastructure and they tell me that mission critical applications and databases are running on creaky old servers that haven’t been replaced for years, often because there’s no one around who understands exactly what the server is doing and they are afraid to touch it in case they break something. Read more

It’s Not Easy Being Green, But The Cloud Helps

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Computing infrastructure forms the substrate on which the economy runs. To accommodate the demand for infrastructure, data centers are being built at an ever faster rate. Data centers consume massive amounts of energy, up to one hundred times that of the average office building. Information technology uses ten percent of the world’s annual energy consumption — more than the aviation industry. It behoves companies to try to reduce their energy consumption; deploying applications and infrastructure into the cloud is one of the easiest ways to reduce energy consumption on IT. Read more

How Does High Availability Cloud Hosting Minimize Downtime?

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It’s almost impossible to guarantee zero downtime, even on the most advanced cloud platform, but modern cloud technology allows us to implement systems that make it an extremely rare occurrence.

To be considered a High Availability system, a cloud platform has to have a couple of features which are closely related to each other: the absence of single point of failure and failover in the case of a server going down. Read more

How You Can Use The Cloud To Improve Your Dedicated Server

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If you’re running resource-intensive, high-demand services or applications, a dedicated server is clearly the superior choice; the cloud cannot yet match its performance without a significantly higher investment. Meanwhile, if scaling and flexibility are your main concerns, you’re probably better off sticking with the cloud. Those are, after all, the things it’s known for.

There appears to be very little middle ground. Read more

How Cloud Computing Plays A Role In The Digital Enterprise

Cloud Digital EnterprisesThe enterprise world looks very different today from how it looked twenty (or even ten) years ago. Due in large part to advances made in networking and computer hardware, technology has come to play a greater role in business than ever before. This has, in turn, given rise to an entirely new paradigm; one which persists across industries: the digital enterprise.

I should explain what I mean with that term; it’s not just a buzz phrase. Read more

What Is A Private Cloud?

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The second group are closer to the truth, but far enough from capturing the real meaning of a private cloud that it’s worth devoting some time to explaining in simple terms exactly what a private cloud platform is. Read more