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The future of virtualisation: Automation, orchestration and even more on demand

The core concept of virtualisation, and its promise to increase efficiency by severing the link between hardware and software, has become common in informed businesses. Indeed, there’s now a huge range of examples, among a broad set of industries that demonstrate how to quickly take advantage of it and hit the ground running.

However, exploiting its full potential is not always trivial. Some of the larger and more enthusiastic businesses out there have the resources and expertise to write their own tools and squeeze every ounce of possible value from the technology.

But this is far from the norm. Not everyone has the people, the time, or the understanding to pursue this route. As a result, establishing more complex virtualised environments can still take many months and necessitate bringing in external talent of consultants.

The next stage of maturity for virtualisation involves unlocking a higher level of power for the majority of businesses with a new set of tools and platforms that forgo this additional software development time. Using these, enterprises can quickly collate a catalogue of services and operations that administrators can chain together in even the most complex workflows.

The results extend across the application development lifecycle, freeing up time for further innovation. Virtualisation also makes it simpler to scale infrastructure to meet demand, move workload between platforms and handle tasks like disaster recovery. What was previously the reserve of advanced software technicians or businesses that could spare the resources will soon be available to all – small business to large enterprises.

The knock on effect of virtualisation being available to all is an increasing wealth of possibilities for rapid delivery beyond infrastructure and applications. The next level of virtualisation is all about providing complex end-to-end business services in an automated way and therefore the benefits of the technology will rise for every virtualised business.

Virtualisation sits in an industry that fundamentally revolves around networking and automation. In a post-PRISM age where location and sovereignty of data are more important than ever, virtualisation can be a key to this flexibility. It will now be able to handle the heavy lifting of data not only from server to server but from location to location as well. In some ways, the advancement of virtualisation is even more reliant on the network for its potential than ever.

At the same time, broader changes are taking place in the virtualisation ecosystem that enable and reinforce this evolution. For a while now, the popular Open Virtualisation Format (OVF) has helped businesses transition between hypervisor technologies and become the de facto standard among responsible vendors.

In January this year, version 2.0 was released, with the specification moving beyond its original VM-focused remit and adding support for surrounding strategic elements. This includes aspects like network configurations, workload placement policies and more. In effect, creating virtual environments with a keener strategic focus is easier than ever before. For example, automating the management of files and data ensures no two VMs providing the same function operate on the same underlying physical hardware.

By making it easier to define more complex operating environments, pre-configured templates can be quickly deployed with minimum intervention. This will improve delivery times; reduce reliance of human input and minimise cost, making virtualisation very attractive to many businesses.

Superior orchestration of all these elements, combined with smarter interfaces that make managing them more accessible is key to the next phase: “software-definedeverything”. On demand has always been the key concept in virtualisation but the barriers to what that can be applied and the time it takes to do so are being reduced rapidly.

“When looking at those last few steps to the Hype Curve “plateau of productivity”, it is certain that the universal value of virtualisation has made it a ‘must have’ technology for businesses.”

When to Switch From Shared to VPS

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One common problem novice webmasters often face is a dilemma between upgrading their shared hosting plan to a VPS (Virtual Private Servers) plan.  The worst thing that can happen is your account will get suspended for using too much bandwidth, RAM, CPU, etc.  Don’t worry, a respectable hosting provider will send out notifications when you are beyond or drawing near to the limits.  Usually you can find these limits in their TOS or by talking to their customer service reps.  For many, a dedicated hosting plan doesn’t fit their budgets, but a better alternative would be to go with a VPS plan.

Here are some reasons in which you might want to switch from Shared to VPS:

▪   Unique Visitors – This can vary from host to host and there is no black and white number that will require you to upgrade to a VPS plan that can withstand more bandwidth.  But, as a “general” rule of thumb I would recommend considering switching to a VPS when you are getting 1,000 unique visitors per day.

▪   Bandwidth Usage – Most shared hosting plans will allow you to get away with using 20-30GB of bandwidth per month, with no problem at all.  Bear in mind, if you have a lot of videos or audio on your site your bandwidth can be used up very quickly.  Again, there is no set number of the amount of bandwidth per month you can use, but you might want to consider using VPS if you are using 50+ GB per month.

▪   Complications – This could be anything from frequent periods of an extended amount of downtime, or frequent hacks that mark your site as “suspicious” by Google.  For instance, if another site on your shared plan has a number of third party scripts that are frequently crashing the entire server, your site would go down along with them.  Along with this, server side hacks can be a good indication that you need to upgrade to VPS.  One user on your server might leave your site vulnerable to malware and hacks.

▪   Email Errors – Chances are when you signed up with your shared hosting plan they promised you all kinds of “unlimited” emails.  However, most shared plans limit you to the number of emails you can send out per hour.  Not to mention if you have several domains hosted on a single shared plan with hundreds of email accounts, it could get congested very quickly.

In order to keep your site out of harm’s way it is vital that you monitor your disk IO usage and CPU usage.  Furthermore, webmasters usually don’t have a problem with disk space as the typical site will be well under 300 MB.  With the switch over from shared to VPS you will then have to decide if you would like your VPS to be managed or unmanaged.   VPS will be much more forgiving for the amount of resources that are allotted to you as well as processes running at one time.  Bear in mind that it might take a couple days to install your control panel and switch your DNS over to your new VPS.  Once everything is running smoothly you can close out your shared plan.

Scopehosts New Website Design

Scopehosts New Website Design

A new website design is developed by our designing department, which will provide all the detailed information regarding our services and support. So let us get to know in details regarding the new responsive website design of scopehosts with all the features and technologies used in it.

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The new design structure as been done using CSS3, Web 2.0, HTML5, Java Script (JS), PHP website development technologies. Now the website is responsive to any devices used to browse, compatible with tabs, mobiles, laptops and PC`s .  The easy motion pricing slider of vps services will provide detailed information of CPU, RAM, Bandwidth, IP Address, HDD Space, and Pricing in Monthly, Semi-Annually and Annual Bases, so that you can analysis the budget. The sorting pricing table for dedicated servers will help you out to choose the best of the configuration as per your requirements. In this table you can sort the requirements using Processor, RAM, Bandwidth Fields. Each service provided in scopehosts is well informed through hand drawn images.

New Logo for Scopehosts

A New Logo of our Evolving Company.: Scopehosts : Beyond Connections

scopehosts-logoA Brand new logo has been designed for ScopeHosts, which represents the 5 years of services completion and evolution in services and support.