A Decision Makers Guide To Managed Hosting And Cloud Computing
By Matt Johns, Product Marketing, Rackspace
Organisations have never had so much choice about how to host their applications. From dedicated to shared hosting, private to public cloud, there’s an abundance of buzzwords and precious little straight talking. Here is a short synopsis aimed to help you to cut through the jargon, and help you find a solution that fits the needs of your business.
Managed Hosting/Dedicated Hosting
A dedicated hosting environment consists of one or more dedicated servers deployed by you business for your hosted solution (website, database, online application etc). Most likely your servers will be managed by your...
...hosting provider and therefore classed as ‘Managed Hosting’. Dedicated hosting is designed and built around your individual needs and completely self contained behind a firewall for your solution only. It will be pre configured with required bandwidth, backup etc. and packaged into a monthly fee. This type of hosting is most suitable for stable solutions with limited fluctuations in demand, as the time it takes to amend/scale and deploy isn’t instantaneous. However is it very reliable and so suitable for mission critical applications and websites.
Built on virtual servers sitting behind your own firewall, private cloud is your own dedicated cloud environment. Private cloud provides more flexibility than a managed hosting solution with more reliability and security than a pure public cloud hosting solution. Private cloud is suitable for companies with unpredictable demand or peaks and troughs in traffic therefore there is a need to quickly scale in a pay as you go model. At the same time you require more reliability than the shared nature of the public cloud.
Public Cloud is a shared hosting platform which gives companies the ultimate in scalable, pay as you go hosting with no... continued on page two >