ElasticHosts, a London based web services provider, launched two hosted services to help less tech savvy businesses launch their websites on the cloud. The company is up against major players like Amazon and Rackspace.
The sites, Cloud Sites and Managed Cloud Servers are designed to make the process of mounting a website less complex by automating the process and by taking on the task of managing servers. It functions like a platform- as- a -service for simple websites made up of HTML and PHP. Managed Cloud Servers gives companies rent-able computers whose infrastructure is handled by ElasticHosts.
Cloud Sites “is a clustered and distributed runtime environment… for running MySQL databases and PHP scripts”, Richard Davies, chief executive of ElasticHosts, told ZDNet UK. “We allow them to upload their pages, their databases, their files into that. The Cloud Sites project is the next generation of conditional shared hosting.” “The service is designed for basic sites built around a standard LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP), potentially running simple e-commerce or blogging applications such as WordPress”, he said.
Managed Cloud Servers service is based on “identical technology” to ElasticHosts’s existing servers, but comes with more support in the package, according to Davies. “What we found over time was that more and more of our customers were coming to us and saying, “We’d just like a bit of help to get us set up,” he said.
ElasticHosts is targeting its products at small businesses that may not have the technical expertise or the time to get to grips with Amazon Web Service’s sprawling set of technologies.
“We’ve tried to build something which is much simpler and more easy to use, and starts from a user experience that shows flexibility,” Davies said.
The company has hardware in five data centers, two in the U.K in Maidenhead and Portsmouth, and the remaining in Los Angeles, Toronto and San Antonio. It utilizes AMD chips in Supermicro servers with Cisco networking.
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