From: Matt Ferrari, Director of Platform Engineering
This slide was one of the big conversation pieces during some of my recent speaking engagements on Cloud. If you are interested in attending one of our upcoming speaking sessions, be sure to check out the ‘News and Events’ tab on our web site as we’ll be announcing more in the near future.
In past posts we’ve discussed our deployment/provisioning portal and the customer portal. Our customer portal, which is web service based and SDK enabled, runs inside of our cloud environment. By leveraging our new customer portal, we are able to provide our customers with a consistent user experience for their suite of blended services.
As we went through the process of choosing our enterprise vendors for our cloud offerings and conducted technology “bake-offs” one of our main drivers was the ability to provide one platform. One of the major goals was simple; allow an entry level customer come to Hosting.com and grow their business without facing a daunting data migration. We are working to put together the building blocks and migration tools to assist our customers on legacy platforms do this as well, so they can move into the cloud when they would otherwise face additional capital expenditure to refresh their co-located or dedicated server environment.
One of the ways we are building the stepping stones to accomplish this is by allowing our hybrid clients to have their services within a single private VLAN. This allows a customer’s co-located or dedicated server to easily communicate with their cloud virtual machine in a secure environment. Our customers have leveraged this functionality to test their applications on both platforms while preparing to bring them into the Cloud Enterprise environment. By applying our internal automation and cloud services we are looking to drive down not only the upfront capital expenditure but also the operational costs of provisioning resources, time, and maintenance costs.