Before you take a tour to the future of Cloud server hosting, take a few moments to recapitulate the journey of the internet in United Arab Emirates.
Here are some speedy stats for you.
|1 vCPU||1 GB||50 GB||1 IP||50 GB|| USD 0.04
|2 vCPU||2 GB||100 GB||2 IP||100 GB|| USD 0.08
|3 vCPU||3 GB||150 GB||2 IP||200 GB|| USD 0.12
|4 vCPU||4 GB||200 GB||2 IP||400 GB|| USD 0.16
|5 vCPU||8 GB||250 GB||2 IP||800 GB|| USD 0.22
|6 vCPU||12 GB||300 GB||2 IP||1600 GB|| USD 0.27
|7 vCPU||16 GB||350 GB||2 IP||3200 GB|| USD 0.41
|8 vCPU||24 GB||400 GB||2 IP||6400 GB|| USD 0.47
|9 vCPU||32 GB||450 GB||2 IP||12,600 GB|| USD 0.55
The table below shows the proliferation of internet in the United Arab Emirates.
So far so good! Take a look at numbers today (2019) …
|Label||Figure||What numbers say|
|Population||9.61 million||The country is rather sparsely population with a population of mere 9.61 million. The population growth chart had not shown any only significant change and the growth rate has been nominal for years.|
|Active Internet users||9.52 million||Figuratively, 990 out of every 1000 citizens in the country is using the internet traffic, penetrating a whopping figure of 99.06%.|
|Social Media users||9.52 million||99.06 % of population has at least one social media account, around as many as there are internet users. The figure justifies that almost every internet user is active on social media.|
|Mobile users||8.75 million||Almost the entire nation relies on smartphones to power their personal internet. However, smartphones do not contribute to such a high percentage of traffic as majority of the traffic comes from enterprise users.|
Here’s a glimpse on the contribution of social media to the overall internet usage in the United Arab Emirates.
|7.88 million monthly||YouTube is by far one of the most widely used video sharing platforms with over 7.88 million active users (monthly).|
|5.86 million||The social messenger encompasses around 62 % of the country’s entire population.|
|4.61 million monthly||The microblogging platform, Twitter, expects to have over 4.61 million users tweeting every month on its platform. This means, 48 % of the population will microblog every month with their Twitter account.|
|7.88 million||Now a Facebook-owned trademark, WhatsApp has close to 7.88 million (82 %) users in the country. An average users opens WhatsApp as many as 23 times in a day.|
|3.08 million||With 3.08 million users, Snapchat stands 4th in the country penetrating around 32 % of its population.|
Emirates has already started the digitalization journey and the government has continued to focus on adopting cloud-based services. World’s top IT companies are looking forward to setup a cloud data center in the country. Emirates could be close to becoming paradigm of nation that has been revolutionized by the internet. Thus, there should remain no doubt as to what a server is capable of doing for business.
As the internet inched closer to Gen-7, the server and data center technology underwent a revamp too. As a result, data centers today are more Cloud-oriented than data centers have ever been.
A cloud server is the ideal choice for any sort of need – individual, commercial, or enterprise-level. The traditional servers are being done away with, and cloud services are emerging as the supreme technology today.
The benefits that cloud server hosting is capable of bringing to your business are innumerable.
Migration to cloud servers is in full swing, with more and more data center facilities being installed just to cater to the rising cloud demands.
By 2018, the global cloud services market had already reached nearly $ 325.1 billion, and had compounded at a rate of 10.7 % since 2014.
Unlike conventional data centers where an exclusive physical server is allotted to the consumer, a cloud server is built on a virtualized environment. So, thousands of servers are pooled together as a single entity. The hassles of managing all individual underlying hardware are thus overcome.
|Year||Total Market (Billion USD)|
There is no good or bad with technology and the merits/demerits are often a matter of perspective. So, what may appear advantageous to one user might as well seem negative to another.
As with any other hosting, cloud servers, too, have their downsides.
The following are the reasons why administrators often shy away from a full-scale adoption of cloud services.
Terminologies you must be aware of before buying Cloud server hosting in UAE.
1. Tiered-Data Center System
Cloud data centers are tiered into four levels name I, II, III, and tier IV.
|Tier||Uptime Available (%)|
|i||Up to 99.6 %|
|ii||Around 99.7 %|
|iii||Less than 99.98 %|
|iv||Nearly 99.99 %|
Cloud server hosting gives you - more or less – the same amount of control as any other hosting does. You will have the privilege that you would want as an administrator, except for some hardware-related controls. As an administrator, it makes sense to give up on the tussles of setting up hardware and focusing on managing the software instead.
3. Industry compliance
As our blueprint towards being a leading provider of cloud services in the UAE, we adhere to the following compliances:
With the cloud, you get the privilege to demand more computing resources as and when required, and the resources are delivered almost immediately. So, you need not work on an exhaustive upgradation plan since upscaling your server shall never be an issue.
To hack-proof our servers, we rely on not one or two but multiple security levels that make our platform next to non-hackable.
6. Reliability & fault recovery
The more redundant the system is, the more fault-proof it is. While only tier IV data centers are considered as fault-proof, our tier III data centers provide almost at-par services to tier IV. And to add icing to the cake, Tier III is more cost-effective than its IV-tiered counterpart.
Also, in the long run, the difference will be very less noticeable as we frequently troubleshoot our servers.
The on-demand accessibility to resources for computing without any complex management required from the client’s side.
Since most companies in the UAE are multi-national, cloud computing can provide a single platform for all your offices, regardless of the country in which the office is located.
Plus, the server is easy to set up with a few clicks. Moreover, an outsourced cloud server will relieve you of the tussles of managing any hardware.
As secure as any other server out there.
We have an arsenal of intrusion detection, firewall, and threat elimination techniques installed in our servers to detect even the minutest threats.
Besides, we backup data over several machines, and at multiple locations. So, your data is as safe as it can get, and so is cloud computing.
It is, provided the third-party (like us) has absolutely zero interest in your data, and is committed to servicing your needs more than quelling its curiosity with your data. Moreover, there are stipulations laid down by the T&C that bind the provider to not indulge in any activity that may breach the privacy of its clients.
For an analogy, think of Cloud Computing as safekeeping valuables in a bank-vault.
Clouds are of several types and are classified in various ways. However, the most commonly known classification is based on the service-type.
IaaS – Infrastructure as a Service.
IaaS will help companies that need an entire data center but aren’t willing to construct and maintain their own, or are otherwise not financially strong enough to invest in a full-fledged data center.
PaaS – Platform as a Service
When you need an entire cloud platform for your business, and are okay with compromising the underpinning server-management, PaaS shall he the right choice for your business.
SaaS – Software as a Service
SaaS is in trend these days. You are likely to benefit from SaaS if you are running a third-party web-based application such as Enterprise Resource Planning, Accounting, Inventory Management, and other embedded applications.
Conventional servers are physical, disk-based servers and work much like a hard-drive. Each physical server – in a data center – is accessed separately, and as an individual stand-alone disk.
Cloud, on the other hand, is a pool of servers combined to act like a single, mammoth machine. Since the entire operation relates to the pool of resources, the underlying machines in the cloud become somewhat insignificant.
Yes, you can tailor a configuration to suit your requirements.
You can choose to have your own set of disk space, RAM, and other resources you find fit for your organization.
The cost depends upon the services you avail, and also on the server specifications you opt.
You can choose to bill your cycle as frequently as you want, or you can bill it for a year at once.
The shorter cycles (monthly) are preferred by companies with fast changing needs. The longer ones (yearly or so) are the go-to for businesses planning to save extra costs by opting for long-term plans.
Yes. You can choose to configure clouds on your private infra. The concept is quite common and is referred to as Private Cloud Servers. The benefits are almost the same as with every other cloud hosting service, except that you will also unlock access to server-side controls. As demerits, you can expect to invest almost 10 times the price – or more – than what you would spend on an outsourced cloud hosting server.
Yes. You can deploy a combination of both private and public cloud servers in case you think a combination of both will suit you better than either of them alone. This concept is also quite in practice and is often termed as “Hybrid cloud server”.