Emerging Trends in Cloud & Virtualization

Just what does the virtual private cloud offer the individual user? One of the biggest ways is the movement from personal devices to a virtual, personalized cloud space that is independent of devices. This means some exciting changes are just down the line for everyone from individual users to enterprise organizations. Check out some of the great things we all stand to gain by moving to a virtual private cloud solution.

Greater Security

As cloud systems become more affordable and user-friendly, virtual PCs, or vPC solutions offer all the power you’d get from a local machine but the increased protection of data center security and off-site storage. The risks of losing data are minimized when using a virtual cloud to store your applications and data.

Dedicated Performance

Private clouds give you the dynamic scalability of the cloud and also the power of a dedicated system. This means you can enjoy the power of a massive system without investing in on-site hardware. The cloud grows as your needs do to make sure things run smoothly regardless of how much you tax the system.

Complete Control and Customization

Using a virtual private cloud to host your applications and data means you can take any customizations with you. Your device just becomes a client for connecting to your virtual cloud space. Connect from any machine or mobile device and you’ll be looking at the same familiar interfaces that you’ve set up. This means you won’t be reliant on a specific machine, processor or even operating system to get things done.

These are just some of the many great benefits of moving to the cloud. Find out more about what the cloud has to offer your business today.

Why Choose A Hybrid Cloud Solution?

Choose the right cloud for your needs.

Choose the right cloud for your needs.

Can’t decide what cloud solution is right for you? Have you been burned by unexpected fees with your current setup? It might be time to consider moving to a hybrid cloud solution. This solution combines some of the best elements of local infrastructure and traditional public cloud solutions to give you a truly dynamic system that is affordable yet flexible when it needs to be.

One of the key problems with traditional infrastructure is that expanding it takes time. While dedicated resources are still best for performance, a cloud solution can quickly create more virtual machines as needed when spikes in traffic occur. This means you don’t need to have loads of expensive hardware idling for the once-a-week traffic spike.

However, there are security concerns and much more external dependency when using a cloud system. The hybrid cloud solves these problems by allowing you to use local, dedicated resources up to a point and then to bring in cloud resources to augment your regular usage when spikes in traffic occur or more resources are needed temporarily. This type of solution solves the common problem of not knowing what resources you’ll need ahead of time. Hybrid solutions are becoming more and more common. If you’re wasting money with dedicated resources or worried about security in the public cloud, look into a hybrid solution today.

Building a SaaS Foundation

Successful technology start-ups involve incredible ideas, long hours, short deadlines, and small teams of incredible talent. Given the relative ease to build, support, and manage Software as a Service this is where many start-up companies grow quickly.

IaaS Systems for SaaS StartupsThe technology hurdles in deploying a new SaaS App involve the minor decisions which are made as an app begins to scale. In the initial stages apps have bugs, need patches, and time is wisely spent on perfecting the app. It’s at this point that development teams should force conversation regarding how they plan to grow their application. Most teams rely on cloud computing for the scalable environment and variety of ready-to-integrate services. ServeBy provides the on-demand baseline which allows users to choose and control their own Platform, Network, Enterprise Operating System, and Hybrid Models which best fit our client’s needs. As an app scales IaaS enables users to choose their own architecture, provider(s), and maintain complete control over their business continuity. To learn more, please contact us and register for a  Serve By cloud workshop.

Get Started With the Cloud

Almost everyone has heard someone talking about the Cloud. Even with all of the popularity it’s fairly difficult to find what the cloud is, how it works, and why it’s helpful. A large part of the confusion is that there is not just one type of cloud. There are many types of “Cloud Service Providers” available whose product offerings generally fit into one of the common Service Models: IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS. Beyond the individual service model each cloud provides their service with different software, architecture, and techniques which significantly change the overall product.

I’d like to elaborate on Infrastructure – IaaS or Infrastructure as a Service – that we provide at ServedBy the Net. Cloud Infrastructure is a service where a user can lease the virtualized equivalents of conventional server components as they are needed. Using Cloud Infrastructure allows the user to create new servers and modify existing servers – add vRAM (Virtual Memory), vCPU(s) (Virtual Processors), or vStorage (Hard Disk Storage) – without the hassle of purchasing, configuring, or even touching a physical server.

In order to understand how this works I’d like to explain the operational process behind the cloud. A server running in the cloud, or cloud instance, is very similar to a virtualized server instance. Virtualization has been around for much longer than Cloud Computing and describes the process of running multiple (Guest) Operating Systems on the same (Host) server through the use of a Virtualization Hypervisor. ServedBy the Net uses the VMware vSphere ESXi hypervisor installed on the host (physical or bare-metal) servers in our cloud. The hypervisor takes all of the physical resources (Processors, Memory, Networking, & Storage) and places them into resource pools so that they can be allocated to different Guest Operating Systems as they are needed. There are many advantages to virtualizing infrastructure which range from cost & power savings to high availability (enables the guest OS to restart on another physical Host Server should a physical server fail).

Cloud Infrastructure is managed through a web-site where you are able to create virtual servers (choose from pre-installed Operating System “templates” or install your own OS) which provisions your new machines onto the Hypervisor. ServedBy the Net is a VMware Service Provider using VMware vCloud Director to manage the Host Servers that make up our cloud. In vCloud Director you are able to create and manage virtual servers, virtual networks, and virtual firewall appliances all without leaving your desk. It’s like having a virtualized equivalent of global datacenter staff ready to place servers where you want them – without the wait.

If you would like to get started the process is very simple:

  1. Create your first Virtual Cloud Server:
    Custom Cloud Servers