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At a glance, yes. But they provide benefits such as instant and practically infinite scalability, pay-as-you-go-pricing, and more, that may save you money and time in the long run. Standing Cloud is able to offer the benefits of cloud hosting at prices similar to hosting costs you’re familiar with — with additional benefits, like automatic failover support, continuous monitoring, and more.
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Today, you can only do this if it is the same application; which is useful primarily for solution providers who are serving multiple clients with a single application, like Wordpress or Drupal. In the near future, we'll support multiple applications in mixed deployments sharing bandwidth, storage, and computing resources.
In simplest terms, we charge you on an application-per-month basis. For example, if you deploy vTiger CRM, your cost is $14.95 per month, regardless of the number of users. This price is all-inclusive, with bandwidth and storage limits that are sufficient for normal usage. If you need more bandwidth, storage, or computing horsepower, we offer higher limits and more resources at a higher price - but it is still an all-inclusive, monthly charge.
We like to think that Standing Cloud brings the best of standard SaaS without the limits and high costs. When you run your preferred application on Standing Cloud, you get a fully web-enabled, pre-configured solution, just as you do with commercial SaaS systems — but without the per-seat costs, and with full ability to customize the application to your needs. In short, it’s your application your way, not a “one size fits all” solution that forces you to work the way the provider decides.
I'm confused about what the cloud is, why it matters, and how it differs from standard hosting.
You’re not alone; hype and double talk about the cloud is huge, and growing. If you’re technically inclined, the National Institute of Standards has a definition, but it's pretty dense reading. Our way of thinking about it is simple: if you can deploy, manage, and/or use software without handling the physical machines and without a long-term contractual commitment, then that software is in the cloud.
Be careful when evaluating uptime claims and guarantees. From the perspective of a host and its SLA, downtime means that the server is down or their entire network is inaccessible. From a user's perspective, this is just one aspect of downtime. Your applications are also down when the server is responding slowly, your application stops working for some reason, there is planned maintenance or other such circumstances. Standing Cloud's unique approach to cross-cloud hosting effectively eliminates that risk.
Our current cloud provider partners include many market-leading firms that offer a functional public API, and that we've successfully activated on our system. Ultimately we'll support all public cloud providers. In the meantime, if you have a provider you'd like to see us support, contact us.
And if you ARE a cloud provider, we’d love to talk to you. Get more information about why and how to become a Standing Cloud cloud provider partner.
When you host an application on a standard host - shared or cloud — you're betting that a single provider will keep your application running continuously and reliably. No matter which host you use, that's not a sure bet, as recent cloud outages have shown. Standing Cloud offers the ability to shift applications to another cloud, automatically and almost immediately, in case of expected or unexpected downtime, bandwidth "throttling," or other performance issues. We continuously monitor and backup your applications, independent of the specific cloud provider the application lives on.
Standing Cloud offers a number of benefits that are either unavailable or impossible on shared hosts. For starters, Standing Cloud works with virtual machines that are completely isolated from other users, allowing complete access to all of its capabilities. In contrast, shared hosting architecture only allows access to certain components so that users can’t impact other users’ settings and data.
The quick answer is that you’ll get a new distribution channel for your application, related services, extensions, support, and more. For most commercial ISVs who’ve joined our platform, you get two listings in the Standing Cloud Application Network: an application page (like this), and a “solution provider” page (like this), to promote the work you do to help customers customize your application, if appropriate.