Design and Build Cloud Servers for Cost

Startups must do more with less. When success means staying within a tight budget, these best practices will help you get more out of your cloud investment.

Scaling with Traffic

One of the best ways to save money while maintaining a good web experience for your customers is to scale with traffic. If you can determine predictable traffic patterns, the new Rackspace Auto Scale product can help you eliminate wasted resources and lower your hosting cost. 

To learn more about using Auto Scale, read this introduction.

Commitment Pricing

When it comes to IT planning, knowledge is power. By using the information collected from any number of reporting and monitoring tools you can determine a “baseline” configuration - the minimum number of resources needed to maintain expected traffic patterns. After you determine that configuration, you can take advantage of our new Commitment Discounts to save on your normal hosting costs. 

Learn more about Commitment Discounts on the Rackspace website.

Server Load Reduction

Compute resources (Cloud Servers) are typically the most expensive component of your hosting cost. But Cloud Servers are not the only way to power your application or deliver your content across the web. By offloading to products like Cloud Files and using caching applications like Varnish, you might be able to reduce the amount of compute required to power your application, thus finding opportunities to save money. 

Learn more about caching in this blog post.

Cloud Files and Cloud Sites

When people think of hosting, it’s normal to think of servers, but the cloud has given us several new options for hosting sites and applications at various prices. For example, did you know that you can host a static website from a Cloud Files container? If you’re hosting a site built on a content management system (WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla are good examples), it might be cheaper to offload all of the system administration to the Cloud Sites platform

Keeping your mind open and exploring the options provided by the cloud, you might find new, less expensive ways to host. 



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