With our hybrid hosting, you choose the best combination of technologies for your applications - for example, public cloud for your development environments, private cloud for production front-ends, dedicated servers for IOps intensive databases, colocation for large data storage arrays and managed network firewalls for security.
All servers in public and private clouds are replicated on multiple hardware nodes so there are no single points of failure. If a hardware node fails, virtual servers are automatically moved to other available nodes.
With private clouds, you choose the hardware specifications, allowing you to balance the required performance against your budget - don't be tied by "one size fits all" proposals.
Unlike many other cloud providers, all storage is persistent for all time (until explicitly destroyed). This ensures no unexpected data loss if virtual servers are shutdown or fail.
All servers include full root (administrator) access via both SSH (Linux) or RDP (Windows), as well as an out of band VNC console session.
Once you've set up a new virtual server, you can save it and then clone it into a new server at any time: simple horizontal scaling. Once you've created an application, you can template the entire application and provision copies as required without logging into a single server.
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|Dedicated Hosting||Public Clouds||Private Clouds|
|Security||Time proven models||Some concerns||Use proven models|
|Hardware||Considerable||Fully outsourced||Managed consolidation|
|Performance||Built to specification||Limited options||Built to specification|
|Hardware Lead Times||Long||N/A (outsourced)||Short|
|Deployment||Slow||Rapid (simple services)||Rapid (complex applications)|
This allows you to visually assemble virtual infrastructure, create custom virtual appliances, manage catalogue of appliances and configure applications. Applications are built from individual catalogue appliances (virtual machines) via the drag-and-drop visual editor, before connecting their terminals to create a fully functional and secure set of cooperating appliances. You can then add annotation blocks and notes to help document ideas at the same time.
The same dashboard gives you full control over property configurations, allocation of resources, storage volumes, boot order sequencing, access to monitoring tools, and the ability to start and stop each individual component as required.
Trying to monitor the operation of distributed applications has been an art in itself. To make operations as transparent as possible, the ConnetU cloud includes an integrated monitoring system that makes hundreds of counters available for building custom dashboards. You can use these dashboards to ease debugging, performance tuning, and monitoring of operations. Each appliance in the catalogue includes dozens of counters that are available through the monitoring system. To activate monitoring for your application, simply add the MON appliance from the catalogue to your application.
This "welcome" screen after login displays the configuration and current status of the server array and its resources. This screen also displays important system messages, the status of the high-availability functions, and the list of available IP addresses which can be assigned to running applications.
The Applications area allows users with suitable access rights to start, stop and manage individual applications, including building, templating, provisioning and migrating those components.
For power users, the Grid Shell can be used to manage all functionality of the grid, entire applications, individual appliances (virtual machines) and storage volumes. In addition it can be used to login to virtual machines over SSH (Linux/Unix) and view their boot consoles for troubleshooting. For Windows appliances (virtual machines) a graphical console is available. As all system functions are available through command-line tools, this makes it easy to write automation scripts and integrate grids with datacentre management systems.
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