One of the barriers to cloud hosting adoption has been increased technical user demand, which might be difficult for small businesses to overcome without significant specialist talent acquisition or outsourcing.
This is one of the things that drove the managed cloud VPS hosting solidify Scala accommodation to partner with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and introduce SPanel, providing users with an intuitive interface for Cloud VPS management.
The SPanel-driven graphical user interface (GUI) allows users to quickly migrate to the platform and is also compatible with cPanel.
After ScalaHosting finalized its strategic collaboration partnership agreement with AWS, TechRadar Pro sat down with Chris Rusev, CEO and co-founder of ScalaHosting and SPanel.io to work out the details of the collaboration.
What was the rationale for the partnership agreement with AWS?
The main idea behind the AWS integration is simple: “Think global, host local”. To achieve the highest speed and performance, a website should be as close to its visitor as possible. AWS operates more than 230 data centers in more than 200 countries around the world. Combining this with the quality of the modern AWS cloud infrastructure and the in-house developed SPanel by ScalaHosting, which is in the top 5 cPanel / WHM alternatives, the user gets the complete package that will allow them to grow their online business. in one of the most secure. and reliable cloud environments around the world. Also, with this move, ScalaHosting is entering the B2B hosting segment more aggressively, as nowadays no one is fired for choosing AWS.
What will the introduction of SPanel mean for ScalaHosting customers?
Above all, SPanel stands for freedom for our customers. It’s completely free for all of our customers and it makes them independent from third party software vendors like cPanel. As this is our own proprietary cloud management platform, we may afford to integrate only our own apps and features or free add-ons from third parties into it. Instead of marketing SPanel and monetizing it like everyone else, we decided to make it developer friendly.
Here anyone can request new features and vote for existing ones, and we start developing only those with the maximum number of votes. Usually, it takes a few weeks to a maximum of two months between request and implementation. Additionally, by cutting costs, we’ve been able to lower the price of a fully managed cloud VPS with a control panel, down to an average shared hosting plan.
What are some of the main benefits of fully managed cloud VPS services?
a) Dedicated cloud environment – CPU, RAM and disk resources are 100% dedicated to you. Your resources are yours and yours alone. Other users on the same server cannot degrade the performance of your websites and services.
b) Security – a VPS gives you much higher security because the whole server is dedicated to you and there is no risk that another website on the same server will be used to compromise your data. The fully managed service makes it much easier for the website owner as they don’t have to worry about software updates, security, and day-to-day server administration tasks. Compared to traditional hosting where no matter how isolated your account you will still be sharing the same operating system kernel and software allowing a hacker to try local exploits to compromise others. accounts or the entire server. Having local access to the operating system makes hacking hundreds of times easier, regardless of the configuration of a shared server. With the VPS cloud, such scenarios are simply not possible due to the dedicated environment.
c) Scalability – a cloud VPS can scale dramatically to serve hundreds of thousands of visitors and you only pay for the CPU / RAM resources that you actually used during the period you needed them. Additional resources are always available and take less than a minute to add more.
d) Dedicated IP – Each VPS comes with a dedicated IP which is also very important for email deliverability and SEO. A compromised account can send spam or download a phishing page containing malicious code. As a result, the server IP address is usually blacklisted in IP reputation platforms and your emails start to be delivered to the Spam folder instead of the Inbox. Losing a single customer because of this will cover the cost of a VPS for a few months. If you pay for SEO, the results will be even more dramatic in the long run, as Google also monitors the reputation of the IP.
What will be the impact of this collaboration on small and medium-sized businesses?
Most small and medium businesses cannot afford large in-house IT and system administration teams. For this reason, AWS was not an option as they do not provide a fully managed service. Through this collaboration, we are now able to offer SMBs, Bundled AWS with 24/7 live technical support, SPanel, SShield security protection, Softaculous one-click premium installer and more. This is how we completely relieve the entrepreneur of all server-related problems and give them the opportunity to fully focus on what they can do best.
What is ScalaHosting’s 2021 strategy for SMEs and in general?
In light of the global Covid crisis, many offline SMEs have been forced to move online. For these newcomers, it is still an unfamiliar alien world, and they are unaware of the importance of the type of accommodation they choose for their online business. Shared hosting can set customers back silently as no one likes to wait more than a blink of an eye when checking their cart. Our strategy is to continue to promote VPS technologies and also to educate about the benefits of having an isolated cloud environment. We also want to make it known that these advanced cloud technologies are not affordable and are not that different from traditional hosting in terms of price.
To what extent will this collaboration allow ScalaHosting to develop?
With this integration, ScalaHosting enters 24 data centers around the world, allowing the user to host their websites as close as possible to their audience. Now our customers can choose between ScalaHosting native data centers in Dallas, New York and Sofia-BG, and the globally integrated data center network of AWS and DigitalOcean.