Before cloud computing, only the biggest and richest companies could afford complex, multi-server environments to meet their IT needs. These types of tiered configurations provided increased performance, stability, and redundancy along with luxuries like separate staging environments for testing. The essence of the cloud revolution is making these options accessible to all organizations, without forcing them to expand their IT spend.
Multiple servers means more cost (both upfront and long term) and added complexity. Many smaller organizations do not have the necessary resources to maintain such an environment. Instead, they often opt to have a single server run all aspects of their business including their website, email and CRM.
But there’s a much better way to handle your server needs.
Our customers are using what we call a cloud configuration, a virtual environment built specifically to continually adapt to the changing demands of an organization. Businesses can now have configurations with layers, load balancers and other elements that will increase stability without the traditional high cost and long commitment.
How is this possible?
In the cloud, customers share a virtualized server environment requiring fewer resources, which translates into lower cost. This technology combined with expertise, like Rackspace’s Managed Cloud offering, allows users to plan and implement complete solutions to meet their biggest needs, giving them greater control over the bottom line.
When implemented properly, this kind of cloud configuration can be changed whenever a business dictates an upgrade or downgrade. The configuration can be whatever it needs to be while fitting into a company’s budget.
There is, however, a difference between the public and private cloud that is easily explained using a transportation analogy. The public cloud is like a bus that you get on the with a other people. This makes it both accessible and affordable for organizations of all sizes.
In keeping with the transportation analogy, the private cloud is more like a taxicab. While more expensive, it caters to the needs of a single occupant allowing more control and customization of the virtualized environment.
The cloud gives you control over your IT budget, which is a huge paradigm shift from what it used to be. In the past, you would either skim by with the minimal possible configuration and hope that the server would absorb variations in the traffic or you could plan for projected traffic and spend for extra server space you might not ever use.
With the cloud, you adjust on the fly and pay only for what you use.