RSAWEB launches a hosting first for SA – True Cloud Servers

Local Internet Service Provider, RSAWEB, has announced the immediate availability of True Cloud Servers – a Cloud hosting platform that allows users to deploy and provision fully operational servers in mere minutes

May 7, 2010

Local Internet Service Provider, RSAWEB, has announced the immediate availability of True Cloud Servers – a Cloud hosting platform that allows users to deploy and provision fully operational servers in mere minutes. The first of its kind in South Africa, RSAWEB’s True Cloud Servers are set to shake up the local market, offering benefits previously unavailable to businesses hosting locally.

The two key differences between True Cloud Servers and currently competing products are: The speed at which servers can be deployed and provisioned; and the flexibility and scalability of any given solution. New server resources can be allocated on-demand to cater for resource hungry applications or sudden website traffic spikes. True Cloud Servers take users to the next evolution in hosting – Hardware as a Service. Streaks ahead of other competing products currently available, RSAWEB believes their True Cloud Servers will prove to be a real game-changer in the local hosting market.

In the past with products such as Dedicated Servers and even VM’s, scaling and setup was inefficient and time consuming. Ordering new servers took weeks and increasing server resources meant migrating to a new server or changing to a higher-spec plan. The technology behind True Cloud Servers allows flexible control of server resources through the use of Cloud Nodes. Users can maintain optimal server conditions by adding resources from the Cloud Nodes whenever they lack CPU, memory or other resources. These resources can also be controlled on a day-to-day basis, as the demands placed on the server change. Users only purchase the resources they need, and only pay for what’s provisioned.

As with traditional server offerings, True Cloud Servers give the user complete control with full administrator access to their server, allowing them to select their choice operating system, applications and configuration.

Mark Slingsby, Technical Director of RSAWEB says, “RSAWEB True Cloud Servers might seem like futuristic technology, however, when considering the transformation in which South African businesses are relying more on technology in their workspace, hosting in the Cloud is rapidly becoming a commercially viable alternative for companies in search of cost-effective storage and hosting solutions. This is further substantiated by Gartner who predicts that by 2012, 80 percent of Fortune 1000 enterprises will be paying for Cloud computing services, and 30 percent will be paying for Cloud computer infrastructure services.”

“With the dynamic provisioning of resources, RSAWEB True Cloud Server users never have to worry about scalability in the case of increased traffic demands or traffic spikes. Hosting with True Cloud Servers allows users to instantly react to high demands by adding required resources at the click of a mouse. Hosting with an internationally based ISP leads to latency in transferring data, and other South African ISPs who claim to host in the Cloud take up to 1 week to deploy. With True Cloud Servers, we‘ll have our customers up and running in minutes.”

“The recent increase in available bandwidth and the resulting decrease in bandwidth costs will further increase the viability for businesses that want to utilize Cloud hosting locally. The sharp decrease in uncapped DSL connectivity prices in particular, is a key factor for businesses considering Cloud services, and will drive market growth in the days to come.”

“A concern amongst potential users of True Cloud Servers is the security of their data. It is a common misconception that we, as a Service Provider, have access to customers’ servers. This is simply not the case, as each server is independent of others within the Cloud. International organizations such as Google and the UK Government are already utilizing similar hosting platforms with great success,” notes Slingsby

RSAWEB is offering a free trial to anyone who is curious to experiment with True Cloud Servers. This trial is available immediately, and will expire upon the on 30 May 2010. Obtaining the free trial can simply be done by signing up on RSAWEB’s website

True Cloud Servers are available in the following configurations, all of which include free setup:
•    Server 256 (R256 p/m, 256MB RAM, 1 vCPU, 10GB Storage)
•    Server 512 (R395 p/m, 512MB RAM, 1 vCPU, 10GB Storage)
•    Server 1G (R695 p/m, 1024MB RAM, 1 vCPU, 20GB Storage)
•    Server 2G (R995 p/m, 2048MB RAM, 2 vCPU, 50GB Storage)
•    Server 4G (R1495 p/m, 4096MB RAM, 4 vCPU, 80GB Storage)

Confident in the stability of True Cloud Servers, RSAWEB is offering a 99.99% guaranteed uptime on the product, and will refund users for any downtime experienced.

“Why wait for local providers to play catch up with International trends? The future of hosting is right on your doorstep today,” concludes Slingsby.