Rackspace recently launched a product called Cloud Block Storage, and many people are curious to find out exactly what it can do. I think, however, you probably have a good idea about what it is already; so before we talk about the cloud, let’s talk about your home computer.
We know that the public internet can be a scary place for servers. Log files of servers attached to public addresses show regular port scans and URL snooping and are a constant reminder that your hosts are one misconfiguration away from catastrophe.
As you begin exploring the cloud and how it can help your business, you might be wondering, “So how do I migrate from my on premise Windows server over to the cloud?” There are actually many different ways that you can perform this migration that are similar to what you would do in migrating to another dedicated environment.
Many people want to get into the cloud, but they don’t necessarily want to go all in with their configuration. These folks are interested in learning about and using the new technology, and they want to know if they can put a portion of their Windows footprint in the cloud. With Rackspace, the answer is “Yes.”
How many times has this situation happened to you? All the sudden you have this great idea that you want to test out, but you need some server space. Because you are building it for a Windows environment, you think it would be complicated with the licensing and procurement to get a server up to test out your idea. Frustrated, you talk yourself out of the idea and decide not to proceed further.
The Rackspace Cloud Servers team is please to announce the availability of new Windows Server 2012 images containing SQL Server 2012 Web and Standard editions for our next generation Cloud Servers customers.
While scalability and flexibility are compelling reasons for businesses to move to the cloud, another key item is the cost savings. By moving your configuration to the cloud, you can realize some of the following cloud cost benefits.