Private Cloud Hosting

Vendors Bolstering Thin Clients to Account for Cloud-Hosted Desktops

Adnan Raja September 8, 2016 by under Private Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Vendors such as IGEL Technology, HP, and Dell are boosting their support for cloud desktops to be used with their thin clients. This trend shows how manufacturers are having to keep pace as cloud becomes increasingly prevalent.

  • Thin Clients Move to Embrace Cloud
  • Thin Client OS Issues: Altra Federal Credit Union’s Experience
  • Thin & Zero Clients Expand Support of Protocols
  • Blast 2.0
  • Gartner: 38.4% IaaS Growth in 2016

Thin Clients Move to Embrace Cloud

In this increasingly cloud-based world, the makers of thin clients are modifying them so that their customers can seamlessly take advantage of cloud-hosted desktops and software.

The extent to which the business world has implemented desktops and software delivered through cloud hosting has expanded in recent years, with companies increasingly wanting to have third parties take care of managing the infrastructure. Meanwhile, the thin client market has been struggling, especially because low-end PCs have grown closer in cost. In order to stay in the game and get the attention of desktop virtualization companies, thin client heavy-hitters, including Dell, IGEL, and HP, have taken steps to support cloud-hosted desktops.

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Cloud: Public, Private, or Somewhere in Between?

Adnan Raja August 3, 2016 by under Private Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Public and private clouds both have their advantages. To benefit from both of their strengths, many enterprises are choosing a hybrid cloud.

  • Public and Private Cloud
  • Why are Some Companies Choosing Hybrid?
  • Optimizing Agility
  • Maintaining Compliance
  • Facilitating Partnerships
  • Leveraging Real-Time Decisions
  • Moving Forward with Cloud

Cloud is generally considered a solution that can help businesses control their expenses while giving them the agility to innovate and outmaneuver their competition. The question many organizations have is which type of cloud makes the most sense: public, private, or hybrid. Let’s look at general understandings of the public and private categories and why many enterprises are choosing the compromise of a hybrid.

Public and Private Cloud

Total expenditure on cloud infrastructure is projected at $38.2 billion this year by IDC. This technology is only continuing to grow, so businesses have options – it’s just a matter of deciding which route to take. It used to be that organizations would determine which one of those models made sense primarily based on their industry. Finance companies would generally choose private cloud hosting, for instance. By keeping their cloud in-house, they were able to retain full control of security parameters and know where data was at all times for easier compliance with regulations.

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Cloud VPS vs. Traditional VPS vs. Private Cloud

VPS Changing with the Cloud

A critical concern when exploring hosting solutions is deciding whether you want to go with the innovative, newer option or to stick with the traditional model.  Public Cloud Server Hosting has grown astronomically in recent years. Perhaps 2014 was the year that cloud graduated from test projects and startups to enterprise acceptance, with General Electric announcing that it was already running 90% of new applications through the public cloud.

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What Can You Do with a 256 MB Cloud VPS for $0.99?

Kent Roberts November 3, 2014 by under Private Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

This plan is no longer available as of April 7, 2015

You may think that ninety-nine cents won’t get you far these days. After all, it would only get you about a third a gallon of gas, enough to drive 10 miles in a 2014 Nissan Sentra. It can get you further than you’d think, though, on the web. Since cloud servers are so incredibly efficient, they’ve made it possible for us to create small, 99-cent/month Cloud VPS solutions.

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A Real World Scenerio of Public & Private Cloud Hosting

Adnan Raja October 14, 2014 by under Private Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

It used to be the case that the media and IT industry just spoke of “the cloud,” a way to distribute resources to increase reliability, speed, and cost-effectiveness. However, security was a reasonable concern since all users share the same machines, even if they each have their own virtual private servers within the network. Soon the demand rose for solutions that combine the rapidity and agility of a distribution model with a core focus on data isolation. That concept was the private cloud, which has grown enormously: it had $8 billion of overall revenue in 2010 versus $32 billion in 2013.

Now many organizations are looking to combine their public and private clouds into a hybrid system. The appeal of this type of environment is broad, with Gartner predicting that half of enterprises will have a hybrid cloud deployed by 2017.

Real World Scenario – hybrid cloud

Below is a Real World Scenario (RWS) based on a transcript between one of our hosting consultants and a client in need of a hybrid cloud.

Consultant:

Welcome to Atlantic.Net. Please tell us about your hosting needs.

Client:

I’m in pricing stages with [major cloud vendor] and just discovered you.  I’m the VP of Engineering.  We’re looking for a client centered Cloud Hosting provider  that has Sarbanes Oxley and SSAE 16 compliance.  We need ~30 VMs of various specs running a traditional Java stack with Postgres.  We have one custom appliance, a modified CentOS kernel that runs the iFax server.  Ideally, we need ~30 standard Ubuntu LTS or CentOS cloud VMs and one VMWare or Linux KVM hosted VM for the iFax appliance.  I would love to discuss pricing and technical requirements with you.  The sooner the better.

Consultant:

Please call me at the number listed below, or provide me with your phone number and I will call you.

Your application would work on our Public Cloud hosting platform, which is unmanaged. However, we do not at this time offer a firewall solution on our Public Cloud Platform, so that is an issue since you have the Sarbanes Oxley requirement.

We can also provide you with a proposal for a Managed Private Cloud platform that would meet all of your security requirements. We would need answers to the following questions in order to send you a proposal.

[Questions included in reply (below)]

Client:

I’m new to working under the Sarbanes Oxley compliance; however, I’m familiar with running servers in public and private clouds.  My hope is that if we firewall each individual host, we can still be compliant.  If this is possible in the public cloud, that would probably be the most cost-effective.  If this cannot be achieved, then we would be interested in the private cloud options.

1.) How many virtual machines (VM) do you anticipate having to accommodate during the first year of this project?

Our first year is estimated to have 30 VMs.  These include web servers, Postgres servers and several lightweight clients that retrieve data.  See below for specifics.

2.) What are the specifications (RAM, CPUs, Hard Drives, Operating System, etc) required for each VM?

Here is an estimate of our needs:

  • Dev tools: 2 cores, 4GB RAM,  100GB storage.
  • Production Web 1: 4 cores, 8GB RAM, 60GB storage.
  • Production Web 2: 4 cores, 8GB RAM, 60GB storage.
  • Production Postgres: 8 cores, 16GB RAM, 160GB storage.
  • Staging Web: 4 cores, 8GB RAM, 60GB storage.
  • Staging Postgres: 4 cores, 8GB RAM, 160GB storage.
  • iFax: 2 cores, 4GB RAM, 160GB storage.  *Custom CentOS appliance (with tainted kernel), 32-bit.*
  • 20 Downloader VMs: 2 cores, 1GB RAM, 40GB storage.

The iFax VM is a custom appliance built on 32-bit CentOS, but it uses a custom kernel.  For this reason, it needs to be hosted in VMWare or Linux KVM.  All the other VMs will run Ubuntu 14.04. (They could optionally run CentOS.)  The downloader VMs are very lightweight clients that use a browser that downloads information from the IRS website.

3.) What is the anticipated growth rate in VMs per year?

Difficult to say.  I predict 5-10% VM growth year-to-year.

4.) What level of redundancy is required for this project?

The storage should be redundant and I assume you own the hardware replacement concerns.  I typically use RAID 10 in order to achieve good reads and writes, but I leave it to you to define your best redundancy/speed ratio.  The VMs don’t need to be redundant but should be backed up (see below).

5.) What is the budget for this project?

This is a brand new project.  I don’t have actual numbers at the moment. We are a small and steadily growing company.  We are in talks with other hosting providers, so a competitive price quote is ideal.

6.) When do you need to have the project online?

We would like to see the environment provisioned and available as quickly as possible.

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Rise of the hybrid cloud

Cloud portfolio management firm RightScale released its annual State of the Cloud Report in April, based on interviews with 1068 IT executives from diverse business sectors. 74% are currently operating more than one cloud (a multi-cloud setup), and 48% are currently strategizing a hybrid solution. Discuss your options with Atlantic.Net, a company that has industry-leading Cloud Server hosting and the flexibility to meet your specific needs, as demonstrated by this RWS.

>>> Part 2 – Hybrid Hosting Real World Scenario

By Moazzam Adnan


What Makes Cloud Hosting Better Than Traditional VPS?

Kent Roberts August 22, 2014 by under Private Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

In the early days of the Internet, the only option if you wanted to have a website was to use your own dedicated server to host it. Quickly, a more affordable and widely accessible option emerged: shared hosting, which simply allowed the sharing of a single server by a number of different companies. Dedicated and shared hosting met the needs of many organizations, but a middle option was desirable so that costs could be reduced (similar to shared) while customization and control could be maintained (similar to dedicated). The concept of virtualization, via a virtual private server (VPS), gradually became a popular way to structure a server.

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Atlantic.net Offers Linux Distributions for our Cloud VPS Customers

Adnan Raja August 11, 2014 by under Private Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

There are a variety of reasons why many VPS Hosting users choose a Linux operating system. They like the fact that the plans are inexpensive since it is open source: there aren’t licensing fees as there are with Microsoft. They also appreciate the freedom to create an environment that perfectly fits their needs, both through customization of the code and by selecting a distribution (distro/flavor) of Linux: as opposed to Microsoft’s one unified system, a plethora of operating systems have been developed using the Linux kernel.

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SSD Cloud Hosting FAQ – A Real World Scenario

 A Real World Scenario with Common Questions by SSD Cloud Users

Our blog functions, in part, to present typical interactions between our hosting consultants and individual clients. The users of our hosting solutions often have similar questions, and this “Real World Scenario” series allows us to highlight helpful information provided in these discussions. The below dialogue is based on an exchange between our staff and a potential customer interested in our cloud hosting solutions.

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