Cloud computing is the use of computing resources (hardware and software) that are delivered as a service over a network (typically the Internet). The name comes from the use of a cloud-shaped symbol as an abstraction for the complex infrastructure it contains in system diagrams. Cloud and hosted services entrust remote services with a user’s data, software and computation.
In the business model using software as a service, users are provided access to application software and databases. Cloud providers manage the infrastructure and platforms that run the applications. SaaS is sometimes referred to as “on-demand software” and is usually priced on a pay-per-use basis. SaaS providers generally price applications using a subscription fee.
Proponents claim that the SaaS allows a business the potential to reduce IT operational costs by outsourcing hardware and software maintenance and support to the cloud provider. This enables the business to reallocate IT operations costs away from hardware/software spending and personnel expenses, towards meeting other IT goals. In addition, with applications hosted centrally, updates can be released without the need for users to install new software. One drawback of SaaS is that the users’ data are stored on the cloud provider’s server. As a result, there could be unauthorized access to the data.
End users access cloud-based applications through a web-browser or a light-weight desktop or mobile app while the business software and user’s data are stored on servers at a remote location. Proponents claim that cloud computing allows enterprises to get their applications up and running faster, with improved manageability and less maintenance, and enables IT to more rapidly adjust resources to meet fluctuating and unpredictable business demand.
There are Pros & Cons for every decision you make for your business. Cloud computing has its own Pros & Cons. Every business is very different, so it’s important to talk to ACNT and meet with one of their experienced engineers to go over these Pros & Cons for your specific business and your specific needs. They will come up with a recommendation for whether hosting your business’s apps is the right fit at the right price for your business.
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ACNT’s Cloud Servers Overview
GOLD CLOUD® SERVERS
ACNT’s Gold Cloud® delivers low-cost VMware Virtual Machines running on high-performance, standalone Dell PowerEdge servers.Unlike other Cloud offerings, you are free to run whatever software you want on your Gold Cloud® Virtual Machine(s). You can provide your own VMware images (VMDK file), run off-the-shelf appliances from VMware’s Partner Catalog, or ACNT can install and support Windows Server 2003/2008, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (Version 4, 5 or 6) or CentOS 5.x or 6.xLinux.
You can add processor, memory or Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) disk space to any ACNT GoldCloud® VMware Virtual Machine as needed.
PLATINUM CLOUD® SERVERS
ACNT’s Platinum Cloud® Servers are designed for Software as a Service Hosting (SaaS Hosting), and other business-critical hosting environments where uptime is critical.
ACNT’s Platinum Cloud® runs VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus, including VMware HA (High Availability) & VMware VMotion. ACNT PlatinumCloud® utilizes clustered Dell PowerEdge servers connected to a high-performance iSCSI Storage Area Network, where all Virtual Machines and their data reside. If any server fails, all virtual machines running on a failed server automatically restart on another server within the cluster – with no changes required to your applications or software!
With ACNT’s Platinum Cloud® Virtual Machine(s), ACNT can install and support Windows Server 2003/2008, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (Version 4, 5 or 6) or CentOS 5.x or 6.x Linux images. These Operating System images have been fully tested by ACNT to ensure that the high-availability failover features of VMware work properly within ACNT’s PlatinumCloud® cluster of servers.
You can add processor, memory or Storage Area Network (SAN) disk space to any ACNT Platinum Cloud® VMware Virtual Machine as needed.