The days when maintaining servers cost a fortune are now gone forever. This is because today, “cloud technology” is here to stay. As well, because of increased customization options, you have access to something today called “scalability,” which is basically a fancy word for “you can purchase only the services you actually need to use.” Along with these cost savings, however, comes an increased number of pre-purchase choices you will want to investigate. This helpful article will guide you through the basics of how to customize your cloud for personal or career use.
Cloud Technology Explained
If you are like many Americans today, your first (and totally understandable) question may be, “What is ‘the cloud’?” Like many industry terms, “the cloud” is simply the term the technology industry has chosen to reflect a new way of storing data. This method stores data on internet-based servers rather than on a physical server based at a discrete geographic location, such as in your on-site web server room. Because you now have access to more storage options, and more storage itself, you can elect to lower your storage costs by purchasing the exact amount of cloud-based storage space you need.
Cloud Customization Options
You have a variety of neat customization options for your new cloud server system. Here are some of the most popular options that you may want to consider.
- Amount of RAM. The RAM, or “random access memory,” is the amount of actual data that you want to be able to access through the computers that access your server network. The more RAM you purchase, the faster access will become.
- Amount of storage space. The amount of overall storage space you purchase will dictate how much of your personal or company data can be stored on your new cloud-based server system.
- Amount of backup storage space. Backing up your essential data may require the same amount of storage space or less depending on how critical your data is.
- Number of CPU core units. A “CPU core” is a mechanism for accessing and reading data. The more cores you purchase, the more tasks can be performed simultaneously (tasks may include, adding, editing, moving and deleting data files). With additional CPU cores, the speed of executing these tasks also increases.
- Number of IP addresses. If you want to keep various operations separate on your server (such as employee email and publicly available data access) you may want to purchase additional IP addresses to handle these tasks.
- Amount of data transfer (inbound and outbound) needed. Depending on how much data you anticipate will be transferred to and from your cloud server, you may want to adjust the amount of data transfer storage space you purchase.
Other options you may want to look for when you are choosing a cloud server system can include free assistance with migrating your data over from your current system, free 24/7 customer support, auto-scaling features (to automatically adjust your usage to your actual needs) and other valuable customization helps.
About the Author: Harry Henrique runs a full service web design and hosting firm that contracts their client cloud services to http://www.togglebox.com/.