As some of you may or may not know, I’m reselling Rackspace’s Cloud Sites product. Here are the plan details. From time to time, I publish recent questions I get by email concerning the product, so that I can build up an FAQ page that is here.
Q: I assume the name servers use the rackspace name?
A: The nameservers for Cloud Sites are dns1.stabletransit.com and dns2.stabletransit.com
Q: If things go well, is it possible to move this to my own Rackspacecloud Sites account?
A: He can start up his own Cloud Sites account, however we do not have any migration tools to simply move all his sites to his new account. So the sites would actually need to be deleted from your account and then recreated on the new account. So there would be downtime in the process.
Q: Sadly, I am developing a .net app to interface to the account and have to use microsoft asp and MSSQL. I assume there is no problem with that apart from paying for the MSSQL per 100M? (What do you charge, BTW?)
A: That’s correct. It’s $6 per month per 100M of storage space
Q: Also need an IP for certificate for SSL. Any issues?
A: No, that won’t be an issue either. When you install an SSL certificate on a Cloud Site, your site will be provisioned to it’s own IP address
Q:How do I pay for things?
A: Paypal. They take credit cards as well, and I can set it up so that after you’ve approved it, it’ll just auto bill you once a month so that you don’t have to worry about taking the time each month to make the payment.
Q: How have you found the service? I used it for a project when it was mosso and it all worked pretty well.
A: I’ve found it very well for the WordPress blogs that I run. I have 8 other clients who seem to like it as well. I’m not sure what application they are running. I think the main benefit of Cloud Sites is that it is as easy to use as a shared managed host, as easy to set up a site or blog on, and yet you get the benefit of advanced technology, load balancing and elasticity, all the benefits of being in the ‘Cloud.’
UPLOAD YOUR SITE TO THE CLOUD
You can create a new Rackspace Cloud powered site in less than five minutes. Load balancing, clustering, and redundant storage are all inherited by your application automatically, without any effort.
SCALING HAPPENS AUTOMATICALLY
Right from the second you upload your websites to Rackspace Cloud Sites™, your sites are hosted on advanced clustered cloud computing technology designed for high-performance. When your site outgrows what’s included, you pay inexpensive scale pricing for exactly what you use on the cloud and nothing more.
You’d be getting a slot on the full $149 Rackspace Cloud Site offering. This is all certified by Rackspace itself. They make it easy for owners of the full $149 Cloud Site to resell smaller portions of it. The customer is an official customer and enjoys a secure username and password to the control panel to configure his or her site/database. One can have unlimited domains on Cloud Sites, and the Control Panel makes it easy to provision a new site almost instantly. Call me or go to the sign up page to get started today!
Want your site on a scalable “cloud” architecture? We can have your site up and running, harnessing the power of server “clustering” like Google does. And at a price that’s not much higher than a shared hosting plan. Instead of your site having to fight for resources when they are most needed, an army of resources are always on standby ready to fight for it.
The main benefit of hosting your blog or website on the cloud instead of a dedicated server, or even worse a managed host in which you are having to share access to the RAM with many other sites that they are cramming you on with? Elasticity. If your traffic spikes, your server will expand to 1, 3, 10 or however many servers are needed to handle it. This is true of even the $9.95 package. It’s the same technology as the $149/mo full cloud site. And if for some reason you use more bandwith (remember only outbound bandwidth is counted, meaning hits to your site) than the package includes (nice problem to have) it’s only 50 cents per GB of overage. That’s the most efficient way possible to grow as well as getting the elasticity that always running for you in the background.
Call or text me on my Google Voice (501)291-1375, email me at SpickeringLR@gmail.com, or hit me up on Twitter if you are interested or have anymore questions.
Compute cycles measure how much processing time your applications require on the Rackspace Cloud. Using 10,000 compute cycles in a month is roughly equivalent to running a server with a 2.8 GHz modern processor for the same period of time.
How many compute cycles will my applications use?
Since web applications vary so greatly, it’s hard to make a perfect guess. However, there are some guidelines that can help. First, you can think of 10,000 compute cycles as being about the same processing power as you’d get from a decent dedicated server or Amazon EC2 instance. For example 10,000 compute cycles would power:
about 2.1 million page views using a database-driven content management system
about 11 million page views of rackspacecloud.com
about 25 million requests for a static 15KB image
How do I track my compute cycle usage?
The compute cycles you use are presented in your control panel in near real time.
What goes in to calculating a compute cycle?
Mostly, CPU processing time. However, compute cycles also account for the disk I/O your application’s operations consume. For example, a page with heavy database queries will consume more compute cycles in part due to the larger volume of disk I/O it requires.
I’ve already got a Rackspacecloud Site provisioned. All I have to do is add your site to it and you’ll be able to create a username and password for your own secure access to the Cloud Site’s control panel. Just contact me or go directly to the sign up page to see the information I need to get you going, and fill it out and submit it if you have decided to purchase.