Introduction To Cloud Servers

If you have looked at hosting in the Cloud, whether in part or whole you may have run into some limitations. This is because many platform-as-a-service (PaaS) Clouds offer little to no control over the back-end environment. This can be a good thing for many users in terms of easier management and time savings, but what if you need to run a service or app that does not fit into a pre-defined environment?

This is where infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platforms come into play like Cloud Servers from the Rackspace Cloud. With the Cloud Servers platform you have the ability to rapidly provision dedicated virtual server instances with truly protected and dedicated resources on a very granular level. The platform allows for full control over the environment just like a dedicated server would, but because you are able to get much more specific in regards to the resources needed at that time, the cost can be significantly less. In addition, you can provision these resources in a matter of minutes and even resize a Cloud Server instance on-the-fly to increase your memory, cpu allocation and disk space all without having to reconfigure the environment or migrate your data. This IS Cloud.

There are many other benefits to platforms such as Cloud Servers, such as the ability to pay for your instances on a per hour basis. This allows a customer to be extremely flexible and provision as many resources as they need (a few large or maybe hundreds of small instances) and instantly delete them and stop paying when they are done. Try doing that with dedicated hardware! No contracts, minimums or commitment terms.

I’ve created a short video demo using the Rackspace Cloud Servers platform to show you just how easy you can get up and running in the Cloud. This demo only focuses on using the control panel interface, but there is also a robust open API for Cloud Servers to programmatically interface with the back-end systems for even greater flexibility and automation.

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  • http://ericmagnuson.me Eric Magnuson

    I like the desktop background you have in that video!

    • http://www.chadkeck.com Chad

      Thanks, I’ll send it over to you! If anyone else wants it just let me know.

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  • http://david@dconvulsions.com David Couillard

    Thanks for that little introduction Chad.
    I just signed up with Rackspace and that confirmed my decision!

    This is a great interface and it’s easy to use. Perfect for designer like me who don’t always know what they are doing in the Hosting Service world…

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  • Anonymous

    Great video and very well detailed.

    • http://www.chadkeck.com Chad Keck

      Thanks — there have been some changes though and I’ll try to get an updated video posted (higher resolution as well).

  • Phil

    Unfortuanately the video doesn’t play. Video not found. That doesn’t look good

    • http://www.chadkeck.com Chad Keck

      Hi Phil,

      Sorry about that — I had moved accounts and forgot to update a few links apparently. Should be back up and working now, give it a shot.

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