The cloud that was built from the ground up for Magento

We have many customers who have called us since having problems running Magento on other providers VPS or Cloud networks. When we built our cloud we knew that most of our customers would want to take advantage of Magento in the cloud.

So what did we do?

With any Cloud build the SAN (storage array network) is normally the bottle neck. We had a custom SAN cluster built for us that uses SSD Caching on the most recent used files backed by a 15k SAS raid backend.

This gives us intelligent read and write caching software using SSDs delivers up to 13X more transactions per second compared to HDD-only arrays.

  • SSD Nodes and SAN
  • Auto scale
  • Auto fail over as standard
  • Free off site backup
  • Self Healing

The intelligent read/write software utilises SSDs as a dedicated pool of high-performance cache in front of HDDs to cost-effectively improve both read and write performance, reduce I/O latencies, accelerate application response time and lower RAID access and rebuild times.

The software eliminates the need to manually configure hybrid arrays that utilize SSD as primary storage pools by intelligently and dynamically directing frequently accessed data to a higher-performance, dedicated layer of SSD cache. While achieving up to 13X more transactions per second compared to HDD-only arrays for a wide variety of I/O-intensive application workloads

SSD Nodes

We only use the latest new server technology direct from Dell and always use the ltest Inter quad core Xeon Cpu’s. All of our nodes have SSD (Solid State Drives) to give us the maximum speed and hot migration times via our gigabit network. This meant a much higher initial investment but has enabled us to offer a truly SSD powered cloud solution

Our Nodes are powered by Xen, a leading open source container-based virtualization solution built on Linux. Xen creates isolated, secure containers (otherwise known as VEs or VPSs) on a single physical server enabling better server utilisation and ensuring that applications do not conflict. Each container performs and executes exactly like a stand-alone server; containers can be rebooted independently and have root access, users, IP addresses, memory, processes, files, applications, system libraries and configuration files.

We do not resell or buy in any cloud services, it is built on our own equipment in our own racks, unlike many other providers.

Simple Vs Other Clouds

FeaturesSimple SafeCloudRackspaceAmazon EC2
SCALE & CONTROL
Scaling FlexibilityCPU/RAM/Storage (independent)Bundled Resources (dependent)Server Scaling Not Available
Scaling OptionsUp/Down & Out/InUp & Out/In (conversion downtime)Out/In (no server scaling)
Scale Without DowntimeYesNoNo
Load BalancingOptionNoNo
Maximum Processors8 Cores – More with custom config8 Cores8 Cores
Maximum Disk SpaceUnlimited1200 GB30 GB + S3
SSD Storage AvailableFREENoNo
High Availability IncludedFREENoNo
Self HealingFREENoNo
Bandwidth IncludedYesNo ($0.18/GB usage)No ($0.15/GB usage)
SUPPORT
Managed SupportOptionNo (£65 + £0.10/hr per server)No ($400/month minimum)
Magento SupportYesNoNo
Managed BackupFreeYes (if paying for support)No
3rd Party Application SupportYesYes (if paying for support)No
SECURITY
Private Cloud OptionYesNoNo
Unlimited Firewall ZonesYesNoNo
Web Application ProtectionYesNoNo
Network IsolationYesNoNo
DDoS ProtectionYesNoNo
Sentinal SecureYesNoNo
PCI/HIPAA Compliant OptionsYesNoNo

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