Rackspace Cloud Server Implementation for Small Businesses
The use of cloud based servers is on the rise in businesses and for good reason. Cloud servers offer many advantages which include removal of physical hardware from data centers, cost savings and scalability, just to name a few. One such service provider, Rackspace Cloud, has changed the landscape of how dedicated servers are offered for businesses in need of a dedicated server or data center environment. Rackspace has long been a provider of collocation, hosted physical servers and many other services but recently started a cloud offering. Their new cloud server product has picked up traction with businesses looking for a flexible infrastructure.
A cloud server is a virtual machine or guest, running on top of multiple physical servers or hosts, which are linked to each other to host countless virtual servers. The advantage is the virtual machines are sharing the resources of the physical hosts. This allows for better reliability by less reliance on a single physical host. The virtual machine can float from one physical host to another if a host in the cluster failed. Having this redundancy can be very helpful when working with high availability applications.
Rackspace offers a variety of cloud services, all from the Rackspace Cloud control panel. The cloud server is truly the flagship product offering. There are such options to choose from as 19 different operating system images and 7 memory options ranging from 256 MB to 15872 MB. These options allow for a variety of customization to make sure the environment will meet the requirements of the customer’s application, thus appealing to a larger audience and increasing implementation in the business world.