While Virtual Internet is regarded as one of the most powerful ENTEPRISE Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Cloud players in the UK and United States, it has also spent considerable time fine-tuning its platform for small businesses (SMBs).
While heavy-duty cloud software from VMware (referred to as virtual machines or hypervisors) drives customer enterprise IT, VI also offers a full complement of Virtual Private Servers (VPS) that in some instances have been reported to help SMBs slash costs by up to 60%.
Software built by OnApp, which powers the VI VPS platform, also drives virtualization platforms for over half of all public clouds deployed globally.
This demonstrates the stability, popularity and reliability of OnApp VPS packages that perform so well under virtually any testing or deployment environment required by an SMB.
OnApp recently conducted a survey, which indicates at least 49% of worldwide hosting companies expect SMBs to drive a major portion of cloud adoption over the course of 2012.
The biggest chunk of this growth will come from web and application developers; at least 67%.
“Sandboxed development, web development and testing are very well suited to a cloud environment. It’s easy to control costs during development, and as load increases. You can spin up a virtual machine, even if it’s just for an hour or two, because you only need to pay for the cloud as you use it,” said OnApp.
SMBs are thus getting enterprise-like features with these VPS packages that outperform shared hosting but also do not overwhelm users with complex and advanced management (or virtualization configurations) that may be present in dedicated servers or VMware platforms respectively.
A VPS allows a business to gradually grow their cloud footprint quickly and cost-effectively with regards both testing and deployment. Setup is extremely quick and the management options are straightforward allowing an SMB to scale up or down with regards capacity, in a matter of minutes.
Of course it also displays the key features associated with a true cloud including self-healing and automatic failover; multi-hypervisor support; dynamic resource allocation and multi-layered security.
An SMB can choose to specialize their VPS package further by activating a private OnApp cloud, which includes the ability to deploy customized intranets on powerful dedicated Xen cloud servers. This offers extra layers of security and ownership for a growing SMB IT department.
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