Comparison with Traditional Hosting

Comparison with Traditional Hosting

Posted by admin in FAQ on August 18, 2010 with No Comments

  • What is cloud hosting?
    The term ‘cloud’ is used to describe a number of very different products, but in our case, it refers to on-demand, scalable, virtualized servers accessible over the internet.
  • How do cloud servers differ from dedicated servers?
    When buying a dedicated server, typically you have to pay an initial set-up fee and commit to a contract for a year or more at a higher minimum price point than a cloud server. There is usually a lead time on the hardware, and it is difficult to change the server specification as your needs evolve, forcing you to buy something large enough for your application to grow into. You pay for the server 24 hours a day, not just when you want it up and running.
    Our cloud servers, on the other hand, can be deployed immediately from our easy-to-use web control panel and have no setup charge, a low minimum price point, and no commitment to a contract. As your requirements change, you can instantly scale up and down the resources you use, and can even pay-as-you-go for just the hours your servers are running.
  • How do cloud servers differ from traditional virtual private servers (VPS)?
    Traditional VPS providers slice up large dedicated servers to share them between customers. Typically VPS providers use a container technology such as Virtuozzo to isolate multiple users on a single server from one another whilst running a single shared instance of the operating system. By contrast, our KVM technology enables every user to run their own isolated copy of an operating system of their choice, providing a greater choice of operating systems, higher performance, deeper configurability, and stronger isolation and security guarantees.
  • How does cloud hosting differ from shared hosting?
    Shared hosting solutions usually only give you access to your server through a web control panel, where you can manage a number of websites hosted on that server. With our cloud server, you get full adminstrator control over your server and the ability to install any software you like and configure it exactly how you wish.
  • How does cloud hosting differ from a CDN (content delivery network)?
    A CDN is used to distribute copies of static media content such as images and videos to the edge of the network, nearer to your customers. This enables them to download these files with lower latency and less chance of bandwidth contention. It only works for static media content, and cannot be used for dynamic content or more general compute applications in the same way as cloud servers.
  • What services does SKALIcloud offer?
    We offer a self-managed cloud hosting service. As one of our customers you have full administrator access to your virtual servers and are responsible for the configuration and management of the operating system and applications that you wish to run.
  • Do you offer managed hosting services?
    Our infrastructure is very easy-to-use and you can install and administer it just like physical hardware. Can be easily managed by yourself. However, we do provide a manage cloud hosting services. Talk to us for details.
  • Do you provide control panels such as cPanel, Plesk or PHPMyAdmin?
    We do not have any systems available with preinstalled control panel software, but you can install and run these yourself. For a simple web-based remote system admin, check out Webmin.
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