Our knowledge and available time drive our choices. For example, suppose you have a leaky faucet. Should you call a handyman or fix it yourself? If you feel comfortable with plumbing, know how things work inside a faucet, and have the time, you’ll probably go to your nearest big box hardware store, buy a few parts, and fix the faucet yourself. On the other hand, if you don’t know anything about faucets, or if you don’t have time to do the repair yourself, you’ll probably call a handyman. Your knowledge about how faucets work and how much time you have drive your decision about how to fix your leaky faucet.
When it comes to cloud server hosting, these factors also apply. If you know a lot about cloud hosting or have people who can manage things for you, selecting a do-it-yourself cloud hosting provider like Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google Compute Engine might be a good option for you. However, if you don’t know a lot about cloud server hosting or don’t have the time or people to take care of it, you’ll probably look for a cloud hosting provider who can set you up with the right solution and then make sure it stays up and running.
When Bigger isn’t Better
Big cloud server hosting providers compete on price and make their money on volume. But they also cut corners to save money—often at the expense of your time. For example, when you compare critical cloud server hosting components from Amazon AWS and Atlantic.Net, you can see how Amazon has cut some corners to save money. Let’s take a look at just two areas: data backup and hardware recovery.
Data backups are a critical part of doing business. You need to know your data is safely backed up, but more importantly, you need fast and easy access to your files when you need them restored. Amazon AWS only provides snapshot, or point in time, backups. You can take as many snapshots as you want, but you cannot access data directly from the snapshot. Getting files out of the snapshot involves a rather complicated process that your AWS guru will need to do for you. Also, file-level restores—for when someone accidentally deletes a file—are only offered through third-party partners. Amazon cuts the corner here by passing the actual restore work to your IT team and by relying on other developers to provide important file restore services, which usually come at additional cost to you.
Atlantic.Net doesn’t cut corners when it comes to data backup: you get snapshot-level backup and a separate block-level, 30-day backup, which allows for full bare metal restores. Equally important, individual files can be restored directly back to your server when needed. This makes it much easier to correct human errors because you don’t need to restore a complete server just to access a deleted file.
What happens if your cloud storage hard drive fails? On Amazon, you need to know what kind of storage service you’re using, how to set up a new instance of that service, and how to restore your data to it—all while your server might be completely down and unavailable. Amazon keeps its costs down by passing the work of restoring data to a new storage hard drive on to you and your IT team. In contrast, Atlantic.Net provides RAID 10 storage; this means if one of your storage solid-state drives fails, your cloud server will keep running with no perceptible performance degradation. Behind the scenes, Atlantic.Net’s team of experts will quickly replace the failed redundant solid state drive.
Four Reasons to Choose Atlantic.Net for Your Cloud Server Hosting
Atlantic.Net doesn’t cut corners. In fact, we focus on providing the best possible cloud hosting services so you can focus on your core competencies. Here are four reasons to choose Atlantic.Net as your cloud server hosting partner.
You want someone to work with you to design your cloud hosting solution.
At Atlantic.Net, we use a high-touch approach for all our customers. We talk with you to find out what you need and want, design solutions that meet your needs, help you set them up, and actively monitor them to identify issues before they become problems. And because one size doesn’t fit all, we offer a large variety of cloud server hosting solutions that adapt to your needs, including Dedicated, Cloud, and Hybrid Hosting. Our top priority is your complete satisfaction with our services.
You want a trusted partner who will keep you up and running all of the time—for a long time.
Atlantic.Net has been around since 1994. Our profitable, smart, slightly conservative approach to doing business ensures that we’re going to be around for a long time. To make sure you’re up and running, we offer industry-leading service levels backed by a 100% uptime SLA along with solid backup and recovery options. We’re also privately held, which means our business decisions aren’t driven by the need to satisfy shareholders. Instead, we are driven by a strong desire to consistently satisfy our customers.
You want confidence that your cloud hosting platform complies with industry requirements.
Atlantic.Net’s team, systems, and infrastructure go through extensive testing every month to ensure that we comply with industry requirements. We are certified and audited by third-party independent auditors for the following security and compliance regulations:
- PCI: If you take credit card payments, you fall within the scope of Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance requirements. We have the experience and certification to help you make sure your customer’s payment information is secure throughout their e-commerce transactions.
- HIPAA and HITECH: If you work in healthcare in the US, you fall under strict regulatory requirements imposed by these two laws. They require healthcare providers and their business associates to prove that they comply with data privacy and security provisions for safeguarding medical information, including electronic medical records. HIPAA and HITECH compliance hosting is complicated, but Atlantic.Net takes care of the complexities for you by offering hosting solutions that are certified to meet these requirements.
- SSAE 18: Independent auditors use the SSAE 18 standards and reports (e.g., SOC 1 and SOC 2) to test the processes and controls Atlantic.Net uses to provide services to you. We consistently pass our SSAE 18 audits, providing you with the assurance that our operating procedures and controls are proven effective in providing required security and availability.
You want to talk to a real person.
At Atlantic.Net, you are a human, not a number. You can pick up the phone anytime and talk to a real person about your hosting needs. We’re always here, 24/7/365, proactively managing and supporting your hosting solutions; you don’t need to hire a third-party manager or staff an in-house team. Our experienced support teams will give you the personal attention you need, and they can solve any technical problem you throw their way.
Atlantic.Net: The Right Size for Your Cloud Server Hosting Needs
At Atlantic.Net, we partner with you to develop cloud hosting solutions tailored to your needs. We’re big enough to offer enterprise-level solutions and small enough to care about what you want by providing just the right amount of guidance. We bring you reliable, high-quality services and support at reasonable prices with well-located data centers like our Ashburn/Reston hosting data center. Contact us and learn more about why we’re the right size for your cloud server hosting needs.