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What is cloud hosting?

January 12th, 2010

What is cloud hosting?

Cloud hosting is highly scalable, near-infinite storage space, bandwidth, and backup capabilities. Cloud hosting utilizes sophisticated virtualization technology software on a cluster of servers. A website or application can sit in the cloud and run on multiple hosting nodes that are monitored and adjusted according to the space, bandwidth, and backup needs of the website or application.

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The Rackspace Cloud

January 12th, 2010

the-rackspace-cloud-logoCompany Name: The Rackspace Cloud

Website: http://www.rackspacecloud.com

Year Established: Somewhere around 2004 (read the rackspace cloud about page to learn why I say “somewhere around 2004″)

Founder: Two web developers and the support of Rackspace (with a bit of Fanatical Support).

Location: Houston, Texas

Web Hosting Services: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Computing

Control Panels Offered: Maybe custom or something developed in-house?

Why I choose The Rackspace Cloud for cloud hosting services.

I’ve been in the hosting industry for over a decade. In the early days, The Rackspace Cloud’s parent company, Rackspace, mailed these incredible marketing pieces that described their Fanatical Support and what made the company different than other hosting companies. As a marketing professional (and someone who follows top hosting companies daily), their marketing piece stood out and was immediately ingrained in my mind. Since then I have continued to follow Rackspace’s development including The Rackspace Cloud, their cloud hosting and cloud computing division.

Rackspace is not your ordinary web hosting company. And they tend to be a bit on the expensive side. But as the old adage says, “you get what you pay for,” certainly holds true with Rackspace. Many companies moving to the cloud for their hosting needs (SaaS companies, for example) make the move to Rackspace for a cluster of dedicated servers, backed by a 100% uptime guarantee and a team of fanatics that will go way out of their way to provide you with top-notch support. There are other companies that will do the same. Take a look at my top web hosting companies list for a list of said companies.

Before you head over to The Rackspace Cloud website, take note that the site caters to businesses of all sizes.  And then for you web developers out there, they offer some impressive cloud computing services in addition to cloud hosting services. Suppose you are building an application and want to run some benchmark tests or user load testing or whatever it is that you fancy coders do. The Rackspace Cloud is your best place to visit should the need for cloud hosting or cloud computing be needed. And for the SaaS in you (you know what I’m talking about), take a peek at The Rackspace Cloud’s cloud hosting services.

As typical with anything related to Rackspace (just like the marketing piece I received in the mail nearly a decade ago), The Rackspace Cloud website is designed extremely well. Easy to use, easy to navigate, all the right colors and content. It’s simply a great site and one of the many reasons I like Rackspace. For a list of criteria a company must meet before being featured here at daveonwebhosting.com, read the top web hosting companies list.

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