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Comparison of Windows ASP.NET Hosting between ASPHostPortal.com Hosting Platform and Windows Azure Platform

clock August 25, 2014 07:43 by author Kenny

In this article, we wrote the review about Windows Azure Vs Shared Hosting. In this session we choose ASPHostPortal as a challenger of Windows Azure. ASPHostPortal.com is Microsoft No #1 Recommended Windows and ASP.NET Spotlight Hosting Partner in United States. While Windows Azure is Microsoft powered flexible Cloud service. It supports platforms such as Java, PHP& .NET. It is quite compatible with other Microsoft applications such as SharePoint, SQL server, & Microsoft Outlook.

ASPHostPortal offers the most bang for your buck: Just $5.00 per month, you get a Windows Server 2012 instance configured with 8GB RAM, 60GB of bandwidth and 5GB of storage. That price includes a generous support plan complete with 24/7 support from expert engineers, making it attractive for those who are completely new to hosted services.

Microsoft is currently offering a 30-day free trial of Azure. You receive a $200 credit to spend on Azure services during the trial. You can create and try out any combination of Azure resources you like. You will need to enter a credit card, though you won't bill during the period of the trial. One of the complaints sometimes leveled against Azure is its expense. You can spent more money for almost same service.

Check the service comparison between ASPHostPortal and Windows Azure below:

Provider

Spec

Price

Total

ASPHostPortal

5 GB Disk Space

$5.00/mo

$5.00/mo


60 GB Bandwidth


2 SQL Server


200 MB SQL Server / db


8 GB RAM or higher


Host Unlimited Sites

Windows Azure

20 GB Disk Space

$14.88/mo

$105.87/mo


60 GB Bandwidth

$6.60/mo


2 SQL Server

$9.99/mo


100 MB


1.6GHz CPU, 1.75GB RAM

$74.4/mo


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Windows Cloud Server Hosting :: Comparison between Cloud Server and VPS

clock May 1, 2013 12:23 by author Ben

There is a lot of confusion in the industry especially in the web hosting world regarding the differences between a VPS server and a Cloud Server.  Many companies seem to use these terms loosely or interchangeably when discussing Virtual Servers, so we felt that it was time to cut through the hype so users would understand the differences and be able to choose the best option to meet their needs.


What exactly is a VPS ?
A VPS is sometimes referred to as a 'Virtual Private Server' or 'Node.'  A VPS gets its name from one shared physical server (or node) that is divided up into several smaller 'virtual' server slices.  Each slice is sold to a different customer for their use.   A traditional VPS platform can only run one operating system on each physical server.  VPS customers on the same physical server will all be using the same operating system.   Typically, VPS providers use a legacy technology called a 'container' to isolate multiple users on a single server from one another while slicing up a single shared instance of the operating system.

A VPS is typically used in Web Hosting
VPS are popular with web hosting companies who typically sell them to customers who need more machine resources for their website than what can be provided by a typical web server that is hosting hundreds of websites.  These types of customers may choose a VPS on which to build a large e-commerce site, a database-driven web application or to run a social network.  A VPS may be a better choice in some cases, especially when the customer may not be ready for a fully 'dedicated' server exclusively for their use which can be a costly proposition.

No isolation from other customer resource demands when running on a VPS
Many customers who choose a VPS will at some point experience some problems that are pervasive among VPS platforms.  What they may not realize is that there is no isolation from other customers' application demands on the server.  If one VPS customer is running an application that uses most of the CPU, all the other VPS customers will be affected.  It is a common occurrence that when all the machine resources of the server get used up by other VPS customers housed on the same machine, that an application or website may run very slowly or even grind to a halt and stop running altogether.  Customers whose applications stop running may have to log-in and restart them, but there is no guarantee that they will continue to run if the machine resources are already being taxed.

VPS nodes are oversold causing servers to slow down or crash
By far the single largest problem with a VPS is that VPS providers typically oversell their nodes, making one physical host machine run far too many customers.  This turns into a resource allocation nightmare causing poor performance or server crashes that affects all the customers on that node.  If the physical server fails, all VPS customers on that server will go down.  This is why a VPS cannot provide you with high-availability.  Unfortunately, a customer cannot predict when this might happen, but inevitably it will.    

A VPS cannot be scaled to accommodate peak traffic times or customer growth
While a VPS may provide a customer with a small portion of dedicated memory, there is generally no dedicated CPU allocation, no disk I/O, network I/O, etc.  Additionally, most VPS providers only offer small amounts of memory resources.  When more is needed, or when a customer suffers enough downtime, they encourage the customer to move onto a larger VPS, or move to a 'dedicated' server (for their use alone).  This is because a VPS node cannot be scaled to accommodate the growing needs of an individual customer.  

Why not use a Dedicated Server?
Dedicated servers are not usually the first option to be considered since they can be more than ten times the cost of a VPS.  Customers often find themselves in situations where they don't need a dedicated server 24/7, but when the performance of their VPS becomes unacceptable, or they have significant periodic spikes in website traffic, they end up migrating to a dedicated server to avoid slow response and to accommodate high peak times in website traffic.  This comes at a cost, not only the cost associated with dedicated server hardware that may be actually under-utilized a majority of the time, but also the time and expense of migrating the application to a new server, which may take several days to complete. 

VPS Security Concerns
There are notable security concerns with a VPS.  If a customer on your shared server does not take security seriously, and is hacked or receives a malicious virus, then your VPS applications could also be negatively affected.  You must remember that on a VPS node, you have no knowledge or any control over what other customers may be doing.  For this reason, a VPS should never be considered for any critical business application.   

Muddying the Water
Unfortunately, web hosting companies often muddy the water when customers start asking about cloud servers and the differences between a VPS and a Cloud Server.  Whether it is deliberately done or just out of ignorance, some say there is no difference at all.  Some even claim that a VPS and Cloud Server are the same thing since they are both "virtual servers" and the only difference is in the way they are billed.   This simply is not the case.  Typically when companies make these types of claims, it is because they do not have a true cloud computing infrastructure to offer their customers.   Some VPS companies will even refer to their services as Cloud Hosting, trying to capitalize on the cloud computing trend, which adds to the confusion for customers trying to understand the differences to make the right choice. 


The ASPHostPortal.com Cloud Difference
As previously stated, traditional VPS providers slice up large dedicated servers to share between customers.  By contrast, a Cloud Server is a virtual server instance that provides the user with a dedicated and protected set of machine resources.  On a Cloud Infrastructure, each cloud server is completely isolated from another, providing customers with the ability to scale their server resources on-demand.  With a cloud server you always get the full amount of allocated CPU, Memory, Disks, etc. that you are paying for.  Due to the nature of their architecture, cloud servers cannot be 'overrsold.'

Install the Operating System of your Choice
The KVM technology which serves as the foundation for the ASPHostPortal.com Cloud enables every user to run their own isolated copy of an operating system of their choice, providing the user with more control over their virtual server environment.  This enables the customer to experience higher performance, deeper configurability, stronger isolation and security guarantees.

Automated Server Deployment 
ASPHostPortal.com Cloud Servers allow you to resize your server instances in near real-time without any data migration or reconfiguration of the server/OS at all, something that is not possible with a VPS platform.  Also, ASPHostPortal.com Cloud Servers employ automated ordering and deployment of computing resources including the ability to spin-up additional servers instantly or add capacity as needed.  This can be accomplished using our easy web control panel or programmatically via our robust API.  Such features are not available with a VPS platform.

Custom Configurations
Unlike a VPS, ASPHostPortal.com customers can deploy a unique server configuration and custom network architecture including VLANs, Firewalls, Load Balancing and Static IP addresses.

Availability Guarantees
Keep in mind that while on a VPS, if the physical server fails, all VPS customers on that server will go down.  Cloud Servers offer High-Availability, so if a physical server fails, a cloud server is automatically migrated to another physical server without experiencing an outage.  ASPHostPortal.com offers a Reliability Guarantee with 100% Uptime.  Our industry-leading Service Level Agreement provides 100x credits for any downtime.

Data Security
Unlike a VPS, Cloud Servers run in a secure environment providing you with your own isolated server instance with no risk to your data.  If a cloud server customer gets a virus or is hacked, other customers' servers will not be affected.  In addition, each cloud customer can implement their own additional security measures for their individual users since they have full control of their server configuration, operating system and applications.

Unbundled Computing Resources
Unlike most Cloud Infrastructure providers, ASPHostPortal.com provides you with unbundled computing resources so you can select the amount of CPU, Memory and Storage of each server to meet the exacting demands of your applications.  For example, you may have an application that is much more demanding of the CPU than Memory.  On the ASPHostPortal.com Cloud, you can deploy a server with more CPU power and less Memory so you can truly match the resources to the application, rather than having to pay for a defined set of resources that may not be fully utilized.  This not only helps to improve the performance of your applications, but can save you a significant amount of money over the life of the application. 

Cost Advantages
A few years ago, many could argue that VPS servers were less expensive than cloud servers.  Much has changed in the last couple of years and this is no longer the case.  Next generation cloud servers like those available from ASPHostPortal.com offer customers a much greater value than a VPS for about the same cost.  The shift in computing dynamics has led more companies to embrace cloud technologies rather than to purchase, constantly upgrade and routinely maintain their own server hardware.  Cloud computing has been proven to be a secure, reliable, scalable and cost-effective computing environment for countless applications, from large enterprise workloads to mobile web applications and everything in-between.



Cloud Hosting - Advantages of Cloud over traditional Shared Server

clock February 4, 2013 09:33 by author andy_yo

Everyone is interested in cloud hosting at this moment in time. Traditionally, websites have been hosted on standard dedicated servers. Dedicated servers host lots of websites. On each dedicated server, a shared hosting account is kept. A dedicated server for email or Mysql is sometimes employed. When it comes down to it though, all your eggs are in one basket. The obvious downside of this is that if the dedicated server develops a fault, your website will be down. Cloud server is different. Cloud panels have numbers on its side.

 

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Cloud server is extremely scalable, as in you can choose to pay for what resources you use. It’s very like mobile phones that offer a pay as you go tariff. If you use a small amount of resources, you only pay for those resources. If you are suddenly hit with loads of traffic, the cloud will let you expand instantly. Cloud hosts automatically assign what power you need. Your website should never go offline because of an unexpected spike in traffic. You would simply be billed for the extra used. In this respect, cloud hosting is more cost effective. Remember you are still in a virtual hosting environment of your own- no sharing. No need for an expensive dedicated server anymore.

Cloud hosting is more reliable. Whether cloud hosts are more reliable is the subject of fierce debate. There are however, many arguments for. We looked at the scenario of standard shared hosting where if one single dedicated server fails, your website goes offline. Cloud hosting is made up of many many nodes or dedicated servers. Thus you can weather one or even two nodes going offline at the same time. Cloud hosting surely has to be considered more reliable.

Deploying cloud hosting is very quick and easy. Deploying the hardware is the first part of dedicated server hosting. Then you have to setup software and services. Cloud hosting knocks this issue on the head. You slot in servers as and when you need them. One thing to consider about cloud hosting, is it is a relatively new technology. There are a few down sides with cloud hosting, where a traditional dedicated server or shared hosting environment can offer bigger benefits. However, the reliability cost and scalability of cloud software wins hands down. Those hosts that don’t already have a cloud product, are developing one right now. This speaks volumes. Cloud hosting certainly has more benefits over traditional hosting. Watch clouds continue to improve as cloud software does.

 



About ASPHostPortal.com

We’re a company that works differently to most. Value is what we output and help our customers achieve, not how much money we put in the bank. It’s not because we are altruistic. It’s based on an even simpler principle. "Do good things, and good things will come to you".

Success for us is something that is continually experienced, not something that is reached. For us it is all about the experience – more than the journey. Life is a continual experience. We see the Internet as being an incredible amplifier to the experience of life for all of us. It can help humanity come together to explode in knowledge exploration and discussion. It is continual enlightenment of new ideas, experiences, and passions


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