A Glimpse of What’s to Come: Cloud Servers
We have built a reputation of being one of the most affordable and flexible hosting providers, offering a broad selection of web, reseller and VPS hosting locations worldwide. As of today, we are introducing a new service – Cloud Servers!
Read the insider’s view on Cloud Servers, a new data center in Germany, upgraded hardware and our future plans to expand to China by Host1Plus’ CEO Vincentas Grinius!
Host1Plus CEO Vincentas Grinius
Q: How the idea of Cloud Servers came to life?
A: Each day we have new requests pouring in from our customers asking for various features to complement our services. It came to our attention that there is a high demand for KVM virtualization. At the beginning, we were planning to have KVM as a hypervisor in addition to OpenVZ. Later on, our in-house developers started working on a unique API, which allows the user have full control of his Cloud Server.
Q: Can you tell more about the API and other Cloud Server features?
A: The API built for Cloud Servers will provide our customers full environment control during the whole service lifecycle and enable various operating systems. We will present pre-installed Linux and Windows OS templates (CentOS 6 & 7, Debian 7 & 8, Fedora 22 & 23, Ubuntu 14.04 & 16.04, Windows 2012 Foundation). However, the users will be able to install any OS of their choice, such as FreeBSD, other Linux distros, Android, QNX, etc.
Users that use our API will have full control of their virtual environment (start, stop, upgrade, etc.). In addition, our API can be easily integrated with the client’s existing monitoring system to easily scale his virtual environment on demand, as well as any other systems.
API will come with full documentation and code samples in several programming languages to be more flexible while accommodating to customer needs.
Q: That sounds great, but what about other features?
A: Let me cover the ones that are expected to be the most beneficial for anyone considering to deploy a Cloud Server:
KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is technically excellent as a hypervisor across the board. The performance, scalability, efficiency, device support, ability to run different types of guests and hardware support are all first-rate – and it is also integrated with Linux. At this point, the upstream development focus for KVM is on two fronts:
- Exploit new hardware (and that is not just an x86 proposition any longer).
- Make KVM easier to use and smart enough to take care of itself so that it requires less attention from the user to get the best performance.
Linux and Windows
Clients can choose from Windows and Linux OS. The main difference is the operating system which is responsible for executing scripts and databases. In other words: Linux and Windows are using different script and database languages. So you should plan ahead if you need special Windows script languages. If there is no requirement for ASP, VBScript or SQL, Linux should be the OS of choice.
On the other hand, Windows makes it possible to execute conception frameworks – .NET framework or SharePoint. Windows has a significant advantage when you want to add specific Windows applications to your website. Some of them are ActiveServerPages (ASP), .NET script languages, VisualBasic or use Microsoft SQL databases (Access).
By the way, it does not matter which OS your computer runs on because they all have necessary tools to communicate with Linux or Windows servers.
There are a lot of reasons why it is recommended to use a dedicated IPv4 address for a website, but we shall look through the main ones here:
Sometimes, it is necessary to check how the website is going to look before pointing the domain name to the server and launching your website on the web. A dedicated IP address will provide with the ability to access the server directly without changing DNS settings for the domain name.
- It is beneficial for the email sender’s reputation.
Using a dedicated IP address for email isolates your service from the abuse consequences where others are at fault.
- It is good for a business identity.
Dedicated IPv4 address and an SSL certificate grants increased security, which means your website will be able to provide security for your customers’ data. Customers will feel safer making transactions on the website that uses a dedicated IPv4 address.
- It is required for particular third-party applications/scripts.
Sometimes a particular application or script that you may wish to run on your server requires a dedicated IP address.
Q: Which locations will support Cloud Server hosting?
A: We are starting from Frankfurt, Germany. Later this year Cloud Servers will be also available in Chicago, Illinois and São Paulo, Brazil. Our future vision is to deliver Cloud Servers in all of our locations, as well as expand to new markets (considering China to be the first).
Q: Who will benefit from Cloud Servers the most?
A: Cloud Server hosting services were developed to help solve the challenges faced by SMBs, as well as to offer high-value services for developers, as they can benefit from various operating systems, flexible frameworks for development, customizable operating system kernels and more for both reasonable prices and enhanced functionality.
Q: What will the future bring for Cloud services?
A: We are willing to evolve Cloud Servers to be a fully scalable, on-demand resource powerhouse for anyone using it.
Q: What about Virtual Private Servers? Do you have anything planned for OpenVZ users?
A: Introducing a new service does not mean giving up on the services we already provide. There will always be a high amount of customers who need fewer resources. Therefore VPS hosting will be the best price & quality choice for them. We are not forgetting VPS hosting and will be regularly improving our service with new features for new and existing clients.
We are aiming to enhance overall VPS performance, as well as introducing changes to the pricing and continuing hardware upgrades in our data centers.
Q: How are you going to improve service performance? Are you already doing something behind the scenes?
A: In fact, we are! Not so much behind the scenes, however. We have already renewed hardware in our data center in Chicago, Illinois. A modern data center is distinguished by high-security standards and thorough server upkeep. Illinois data center is known for the key power configurations – in the event of a power outage (or a natural disaster), there should be no noticeable impact on your service.
Last month we have moved to a brand new data center in Germany, Frankfurt.
Being one of the best-connected data centers in the world, Frankfurt data center enhances servers’ security and reliability. Ranked the #1 data center globally by Peering DB. Clients from Europe and nearby regions will benefit from greater connectivity, reduced latency, increased reachability levels, faster disk I/O and the latest central processing units.
This year, we have plans to move to a new data center in São Paulo, Brazil, to benefit our customers with significantly increased performance, as well as react to the growing demand in South America and continue further expansion in the region.
Q: What are the most common customer requests?
A: Every week we are receiving more than 200 feedback requests and most of them are asking for better reach in Asia. A significant amount of our customers choose Los Angeles, California, as the best fit for Asia Pacific region. As a result, we are working on a new data center in Hong Kong, China to be opened at the end of the year.