Enterprise-Grade Cloud Hosting

Why Afrihost Cloud Solutions are the best choice for you!

Speed & Scalability
Cloud solutions allows you to allocate more processing power, RAM and storage at the flip of a switch. A Cloud hosted server can easily handle different levels of traffic according to demand.
Locally Hosted
Your server is securely hosted at one of MTN's state-of-the-art data centres. These facilities provide redundant power, fire suppression and excellent physical security.
Top Notch Hardware
Benefit from the latest hardware with massive amounts of RAM, multiple lightning-fast processors and network attached storage. If a blade fails, you can be up and running again in moments.
Easy and Reliable
The server can be automatically setup and running in less than 30 minutes. You can easily customise your server according to the needs of your website.

What is Cloud Hosting?

Why is the world moving in this direction?

Cloud hosting is an innovative technology that allows for a number of different servers or blades to work together as one system, for one purpose - keeping your website running. A number of individual blades are teamed together to create a 'Cloud'. This cloud allows for the collaboration of vast amounts of RAM, CPUs and storage to host a website.

Companies like Google rely on Cloud servers for their elaborate hosting requirements. Cloud hosting is great because it doesn't just rely on one physical server for all your needs, there are multiple physical servers in case of failures. Cloud hosting offers better backup features and improved redundancy. New cloud servers can be deployed in less than 30 minutes and using the cloud's blade infrastructure, hardware failures can be immediately relieved by failing over to other blades.

How does it all Work?

and what does a cloud consist of?

The resources needed to maintain your website are spread across more than one web server and if there are any failures, another server or blade will serve as a backup. The load on the servers is software managed meaning that they are scalable to respond to changing demands.

Multiple Blades
Controller Server Manager
This is the brain of the cloud. It controls the resources, the processing and storage of content.
Blades Servers
A blade is literally a self-contained server, which collectively fits into an enclosure with other blades.
CPU Central Processing Unit
It processes the tasks and sends instructions to other hardware to carry out.
RAM Random Access Memory
Form of data storage, which allows data to be accessed directly in any random order.
HDD Storage Hard Drive
There are 3 storage options, Solid State (SSD), Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and Nearline SAS (NL-SAS). The controller manages the storage devices to ensure that the most popular content is quickly accessible.

Physical Servers vs Cloud Hosting

What are the benefits of Cloud

When upgrading to a newer more powerful server, there is a need to reinstall operating systems and device drivers.

When upgrading to a newer more powerful server, there is no need to reinstall the operating system or device drivers. The same cloud server can run on different hardware.

If a physical server fails, you will need to build a new server, reinstall the operating system and restore data from backups.

If a blade fails, cloud servers will be automatically switched to other live blades.

On a physical server, you will have to shutdown the server, causing downtime while physically upgrading the CPU, RAM or disk space.

There is no physical labour involved in adding CPU power, RAM and disk space with a simple reboot.

Busted Cloud Hosting Myths

Separate facts from myths

Cloud Hosting is Shared, not Dedicated!
Cloud Hosting is a dedicated solution using virtual servers with the same performance potential as physical servers. A cloud server can have the same (if not better) dedicated resources (CPU, RAM, Bandwidth and Disk Space), and any shared infrastructure will not impact the performance of the server. In fact, the improved redundancy, minimised downtime and greatly reduced environmental footprint make Cloud Hosting an excellent option (aside from the massive savings)! The blade infrastructure of Cloud makes it much easier to add additional resources for upgrades with minimal (if any) downtime. With built-in redundancy, downtime due to hardware failure is unlikely but can be quickly mitigated by failing over to other resources within the cloud infrastructure.
Cloud is a fad - it will never replace physical hardware.
International trends show that more and more major companies are turning towards cloud based solutions for their hosting needs. Not only does it provide several advantages and savings to companies (or individuals), it also provides more scalability and flexibility in terms of designing the perfect hosting solution - at a fraction of the cost. Cloud Hosting offers all of the advantages of a physical server, but being virtual makes it easier to manage, and minimises any impact to your business during upgrades or maintenance.
Cloud is not Secure.
Cloud Hosting is a dedicated solution, so your security (and that of our network) is a primary concern. Any security used on a physical server can be deployed on a cloud server. In addition, we can institute additional network security to ensure that all environments hosted on the cloud infrastructure are as secure as possible. Depending on your own security, you will most likely be safer on Cloud than ever before!
Cloud cannot integrate into Legacy Systems.
Cloud solutions perform exactly like a physical server in every way, including allocating IP addresses and DNS. So wherever you had referenced your physical server, you can easily move this over to your new cloud server, with little or no impact on performance or downtime.
Cloud cannot perform at the same level as a physical server!
Cloud servers can perform at the same (if not better) level as a physical box, depending on the resources allocated. In general, cloud servers use newer, faster processors than entry level physical servers, capable of handling more threads more efficiently. This means better speeds for visitors to your site, no matter how many there are! Our cloud solution also uses three types of disk storage: SSD, SAS and SATA, with SSD being the fastest disk storage option available. By dynamically moving data between the storage options based on how often it is accessed, this ensures the fastest possible access to vital information. It also saves on the massive costs of installing the fastest drives on a physical server, especially if they are not always used to their maximum potential. The sophisticated software behind the virtual environment ensures that you always get the resources you need, when you need them!
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