On November 29, 2011, 8x8, Inc. announced the widespread availability of its new Windows Cloud Server hosting solution. The Web host option will allow businesses to deploy cloud servers and geographically aware DNS on the Windows platform.
The 8x8 Windows Cloud Server Hosting Solution comes with a straightforward user interface and does not require customers to sign a contract or pay set-up fees – you just pay by the hour or by the month. It also guarantees constant access to specific amounts of RAM, CPU and bandwidth.
In addition, every server for the 8x8 Windows Cloud Server Hosting Solution uses RAID-10 disk storage to ensure high performance and increased reliability. The solution also allows you to take snapshots of your server if you need to restore, rebuild or even clone it at a future date.
Another feature of the 8x8 Windows Cloud Server Hosting Solution is automated provisioning. This allows administrators to quickly build or upgrade a new server through automated features that are available through the main portal. The solution also comes with IPv6, SSH key logins, public IP addresses, and firewalls.
Andy Schwabecher, the General Manager of Hosting Solutions at 8x8, spoke briefly about the new hosting solution. He stated, “Businesses are moving away from on-premise computing solutions in order to save money on infrastructure and the accompanying man-hours needed to manage it. While other providers are head down building solutions for software developers, 8x8 is focused on bringing user-friendly cloud server technologies such as snapshots, cloning, availability zones and hourly billing to conventional IT groups.”
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