With all of the cloud technologies available on the market these days, there are a lot of options and services available to you. Depending on your business needs, cloud hosting can greatly benefit your organization by offering you a virtual office that is accessible anywhere, any time. Some of the cloud hosting options available with Liquid Web include Cloud VPS Hosting and a Managed Private Cloud which offer similar technologies but serve different purposes. So, which product is right for your business, a Managed Private Cloud or Cloud VPS Hosting? Let’s take a look at each one and determine the best fit for you.
What Is a Cloud VPS?
A Cloud VPS is a virtual system comprised of emulated hardware that runs inside of a physical machine, also known as a parent server. Our cloud platform consists of a large number of these parent servers, built with our beefiest hardware specifications. A single parent server can house many child instances which run independently of one another in their own server environments. These child instances are known as a Cloud VPS.
Example of hardware distribution:
Consider a parent server with 64 processor cores. We can run 64 one core child instances, two 32 core child instances, or any other combination which add up to 64 total cores. This same resource division applies to both memory and disk space as well.
Figure 1 illustrates how you can imagine Cloud VPS with each parent server divided up many different ways.
Our Cloud VPS are great for hosting many system types such as web servers, email, databases, Linux, Windows, cPanel, Plesk, and other servers. Cloud VPS are scalable systems. Their on-demand modification allows for adding or subtracting resources as necessary. This makes certain you only pay for the resources you need. Scalability allows growth and eliminates the need for complicated migrations when upgrading. We handle all the hardware components since they are part of our core infrastructure. This allows you to focus on your applications and running your business.
Now that we have a clear picture of what a Cloud VPS server is and how you can leverage it for your needs, we can talk more about our Private Cloud.
What Is a Private Cloud?
The Private Cloud is a robust, flexible and isolated virtual solution. Instead of Cloud VPS instances running on a parent server within our public cloud platform, the Private Cloud gives you sole control over the parent server and its resources. We build these parent servers to order based on your capacity needs. Once built, they get all the same scalability and features as any public Cloud VPS. However, with a Private Cloud build, we give you the keys to the kingdom. You can create as many private cloud VPS instances as desired. Limited only by the hardware available on the parent server, a single parent can run both Linux and Windows instances together.
Another key aspect that you get with a Private Cloud is privacy. These parent servers only have a minimal connection to the rest of our public Cloud platform. The connection is enough to enable access to the backup and imaging features within the Liquid Web Manage Interface. However, you get to operate under isolation which means you do not share network bandwidth with other tenants. This isolation reduces the frequency of neighboring DDoS attacks from impacting your systems.
You’re not limited to a single Private Cloud either. Adding extra Private Clouds expands your capabilities and resources, allowing you to shuffle your instances between your Private Cloud parent servers. Rearranging resource usage to make room for needed systems. You can also move any instances over to our public cloud platform and convert them into a public Cloud VPS.
Private Cloud Usage
There are many ways to leverage our Private Cloud. Each instance uses the technology in its own way. The granular control over your virtual infrastructure has limitless possibilities. Here are some real-world examples to help paint the picture:
- Private Virtual Office
- Cloud VPS Reseller
- Web Developer Design Firm
Example 1: Private Virtual Office
A virtual office scenario may look something like this:
- Web server (WHMCS): Internal Billing server
- Web server: Internal utilities server
- Database server: stores customer and employee data
- File server (Windows): internal document storage and sharing
- Windows Server 1: virtual work-station 1
- Windows Server 2: virtual work-station 2
- Secured with free Cloud Firewall
- Secured with free Cloud VPN
This scenario helps secure your infrastructure in one virtual location. Users can remotely access their lite desktop clients on the workstation servers. This enables our free Cloud Firewall to protect the servers from any outside traffic. In addition, users can connect to the free Cloud VPN to establish secure connections to the virtual private network.
Example 2: Cloud VPS Reseller
Another common use case for our Private Cloud is for our reseller partners. With the Private Cloud, you can slice off sections of your hardware for any number of clients. These individual instances function exactly like our Cloud VPS servers. In order to make this process simple for our partners, we even have a WHMCS Plugin that works with our Cloud API to make this process easier and automated.
Example 3: Web Development Design Firm
Another partner that can take full advantage of the versatility offered by the Private Cloud is a web design firm. In this example, we use a single Private Cloud. This doubles as both a company hosting setup and a development lab. The servers involved in this type of setup may look like this:
- Web Server (cPanel): Company Site
- Database Server: Company Database
- Web Server (WHMCS): Billing Server
- Web Server (Development 1)
- Web Server (Development 2)
- Web Server (Development 3)
In this example, we carve up the Private Cloud to handle a company’s hosting needs. We then create small instances for each client’s dev work. Once the site on these dev servers meets the clients’ standards, the client has a few options.
- Accept delivery of the completed source code.
- Opt-in for a resold private instance hosted by the firm.
- Opt-in to buy the instance where it’s exported to the public Cloud and ownership turned over to their own account with LiquidWeb.
Now that you understand the differences between our Managed Private Cloud or our Cloud VPS Hosting, you can select the product that best suits your cloud hosting needs. As you can see, there is a lot to gain from implementing cloud technologies into your hosting infrastructure. With the different price points, scalability, and accessibility, this technology is sure to increase your operational efficiency.