When our customers come to us to setup a cloud environment, they are excited and ready to build their configuration. While you can do some amazing things in the cloud, there are a couple of things that you are going to want to configure. When I get to visit with customers, I have found that these points come up often so I wanted to write a post to make sure that you configure them.
Scaling In The Cloud
One misconception customers have is that the cloud is going to automatically scale your configuration for you. While the cloud does offer the ability to scale out your application both horizontally and vertically, this is something that you need to build into your code.
As you create your application, you are able to hook into our API to help automatically spin up and down servers. And because our cloud is built on OpenStack, your code won’t be locked into a proprietary cloud, allowing you the flexibility to move your application as you deem fit. Finally, there are some Cloud Tools partners who are able to help you with the management and scaling of your cloud infrastructure.
Backups And Monitoring
When you create a Cloud Server, we think that it is up to you to determine how you want to use it and how you want to be charged for it. So by default, a new Cloud Server has backups and monitoring turned off. Every time that you create a Cloud Server, it is up to you to setup your backups, how often you want to run them and when you want to run them. Backups and monitoring are valuable for almost every customer, so please take the time to set them up the way that you need them to run.
High Availability Configurations
Out of the box, your Cloud Servers are not set up in a high availability (HA) configuration. Similar to dedicated hosting, if you are looking for an HA configuration, you will need to architect a solution and implement it in the cloud. If you want to build a highly redundant, highly available configuration, we absolutely have the building blocks for you to do that. However, it is important to understand that out of the box, your cloud servers are not in an HA configuration.
Having your cloud configuration autoscale, running backups and monitoring and creating an HA configuration are all things that customers need to setup when they come to host their application in the Rackspace open cloud. As you go into hosting on the cloud, know that these are all things you can add to your configuration.
Check out Joseph’s previous video where he discussed the first five things you need to do when starting a cloud project. You can also watch the next video where he uses a fishing analogy to explain the differences between cloud and dedicated hosting. Learn more about how the Managed Cloud offering can support your business.