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The main difference: a test drive allows you to check out — and customize, if you're inclined — any application on our system, with full functionality, at no charge, for as long as you like. Your use is subject to time limitations — specifically, we'll shut down your application after 3 hours, unless you tell us to keep it running. We pay for your test drive server time, so we try to limit that for inactive applications.
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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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.
You might want to consider using Standing Cloud if you’d like to take advantage of the management and monitoring features we offer in addition to the “core” cloud capabilities you already have. Check out a full list of our capabilities.