St Louis Cloud Computing – Cloud Hosting – Virtual Servers
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With Access US’ secure data facility, managed hosting and colocation capabilities, and over 15 years in the IT industry, we are able to offer cloud computing, cloud hosting solutions, and dynamically-scalable virtual servers to any company large or small, at a very affordable price.
Whether you need Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Access US Cloud Computing has the solution you need.
What is Cloud Cloud Computing and Cloud Hosting?
Cloud computing is a technology that uses the internet and central remote servers to maintain data and applications. Cloud computing allows consumers and businesses to use applications without installation and access their personal files at any computer with internet access. This technology allows for much more efficient usage of information technology services over the internet at a dramatically lower cost and with dynamic scalability by centralizing storage, memory, processing and bandwidth.
An easy-to-explain example of cloud computing is Gmail, Yahoo email, or even Facebook. You don’t need specific software or a dedicated server to use them. As long as the user has an internet connection, they can use the services offered. The server and software management takes place in the cloud (remote server) and is totally managed by the cloud service provider. (Access US, Yahoo, Google etc.)
Cloud computing is broken down into three segments: “software,” “platforms,” and “infrastructure.” Each segment serves a different purpose and offers different products for businesses and individuals around the world.
What is Virtual Server?
The first question you may ask, when starting to learn about Managed Hosting and Virtual Servers is, “What exactly is Virtual Server?”
Access US Virtual Servers are a specialized program that runs on a physical server, and allows you to create several virtual servers or computers (also known as virtual machines) that run on it independently. A typical server has only one operating system, while a virtual server setup allows you to have multiple operating systems running simultaneously on the same machine. This type of server virtualization is much cheaper to run, and allows for more options and greater flexibility, while using much less rack space and power.
How Can a Access US Virtual Server Help You?
Here are some of the main benefits you can get by using Access US Virtual Servers:
- Server Consolidation One of the biggest goals of a network administrator is to save money. This is exactly why server consolidation has become such a hot-button topic. Combining the roles of multiple servers into one is a much easier option with a virtual server. Using Access US Virtual Servers for a consolidation project makes more efficient use of system resources, provides a single point of centralized management, reduces total cost of ownership, and reduces network complexity.
- Legacy Application Support Unfortunately, sometimes we are bound to older hardware to support legacy applications. Using Virtual Server allows you to combine the role of a legacy application server with more up-to-date hardware by putting the legacy applications on a separate virtual machine.
- More Manageable Security Security is perhaps the biggest concern on any network. When your organization requires the use of servers with multiple roles, segmenting those roles onto different virtual machines on a single physical machine provides a lot more security options. In doing this, you can segment specific services to different network cards and define separate firewall rules for each.
- Excellent Test Environments One of the best things about Access US Virtual Server is that the virtual machines you create can be completely separate from your production network. This means that you can create several virtual machines and even virtual networks that you can use for test purposes. In these virtual environments you can feel free to test new net-centric application and software rollouts without the risk of negative effects on the network.
Cloud Hosting Terms
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS): Software as a Service (SaaS) is a software distribution model in which applications are hosted by a vendor or service provider and made available to customers over a network, typically the Internet.
Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS): Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a way to rent hardware, operating systems, storage and network capacity over the Internet. The service delivery model allows the customer to rent virtualized servers and associated services for running existing applications or developing and testing new ones.
Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS): Infrastructure as a Service is a provision model in which an organization outsources the equipment used to support operations, including storage, hardware, servers and networking components. The service provider owns the equipment and is responsible for housing, running and maintaining it. The client typically pays on a per-use basis.
In June 2009, a study conducted by VersionOne found that 41% of senior IT professionals actually don’t know what cloud computing is and two-thirds of senior finance professionals are confused by the concept, highlighting the young nature of the technology. In Sept 2009, an Aberdeen Group study found that disciplined companies achieved on average an 18% reduction in their IT budget from cloud computing and a 16% reduction in data center power costs.
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