When our customers come to us to setup a cloud environment, they are excited and ready to build their configuration. While you can do some amazing things in the cloud, there are a couple of things that you are going to want to configure. When I get to visit with customers, I have found that these points come up often so I wanted to write a post to make sure that you configure them.
Whenever you start up a Cloud Server project, there are a lot of things that you need to consider. At Rackspace, we wrote a Knowledge Center article called “The First 48” which goes into detail of everything you need to do when you get started using the Cloud Servers platform. However, I thought I would shrink it down a little bit and give you what I think are the first five things you should consider.
One of the number one questions that I get from prospective customers is, “Which Rackspace cloud product is right for me?” We have three main cloud hosting offerings here at Rackspace: Cloud Sites, Cloud Servers and Managed Cloud. Understanding what each product does might be a little confusing, so to explain the differences I like to use a photography analogy.
One question that I commonly get is, “So how exactly does Managed Cloud support my business.” There is a lot of documentation on our service level and what we actually do, however, for this post I wanted to give a very high level analogy of how Managed Cloud delivers support to you and your organization.
With the Cloud, many developers and companies can now afford to have a true test and development configuration to ensure that their code deployments will work properly in the production environment. Setting up these types of environments is valuable because not only can the development team determine if their code works, they also can discover the associated downtime with deploying it. But did you know that you can use the Cloud in a similar manner to help diagnose a problem that your configuration might be facing?
Good, well functioning websites don't happen by accident. They are the result of a lot of behind the scenes work - developing an idea, writing code to handle all of the different tasks and making sure everything runs smoothly on every page. Above all, the website needs to be sturdy enough to handle heavy traffic.
Before cloud computing, only the biggest and richest companies could afford complex, multi-server environments to meet their IT needs. These types of tiered configurations provided increased performance, stability, and redundancy along with luxuries like separate staging environments for testing. The essence of the cloud revolution is making these options accessible to all organizations, without forcing them to expand their IT spend.