Neither All Can Either Manage Their Servers Nor Always it is Possible. Here is About Cloud Computing Layers of Management For Infrastructure. Conventionally, the web hosting providers like we have discussed in the article difference between Cloud Computing IaaS versus Traditional VPS; used to provide the support of the virtual server at OS level as well the lawyers above or related with it for free of cost. Cloud Computing IaaS is supplied as RAW service. If your website or application’s target audience is small, most of the advanced users CAN manage their own servers. However, it is not possible for all to manage themselves.
Cloud Computing Layers of Management For Infrastructure
Roughly there are four layers for management in a typical setup, these are Virtualization Layer, Networking Layer, Operating System Layer and Web Application Layer. In case of Cloud Computing IaaS, usually the Virtualization Layer and Networking Layer together called Infrastructure by the Cloud Computing IaaS provider like HP Cloud, IBM, Rackspace or even medium sized company like Digital Ocean. This two layers together known as Infrastructure is always managed by them. Rackspace has directly better clear classification of the concept. This classification is for usability not dependent on OSI Layers. By default, with bare minimum account, you’ll get the support for these management – they will manage them, you need not worry for them. Additionally, if you need help for the Operating System Layer and Web Application Layer, they usually provides official minimal help for these over Chat, Ticket, Email or Forum as well as via Knowledge Base or documentation. Some basic idea of handling a UNIX server and the web application is required.
You can not exactly install Nginx – PHP5-FPM or tune it unless you know something. For the most developers, this is free as they manage their servers themselves. But, it is near impossible to manually monitor a server 24×7 with one person.
Official and Unofficial Support of Cloud Computing Layers of Management
Rackspace, for example has layered paid structure for management. HP Cloud, in the same way has paid structures for the enterprises. For running simple websites, unfortunately they can cost a huge. It is basically the best way of getting support of the application or website.
Some distorted models exploiting the structure is like Managed WordPress Hosting. They usually are small unrecognized companies who abstracts the original Cloud Computing IaaS provider and delivers the service in an odd way. This often becomes more costly, less cost effective and the user can not change the provider of this specific service without changing the Cloud Computing IaaS Provider.
However, handful of well established third parties are becoming promising to manage these Cloud Computing Layers. They will plan how your servers should be planned to run on HP Cloud, install (for example) Nginx, optimize it and maintain it. The most important factor to check is – whether this company who will manage is recognized by your Cloud Computing IaaS provider or not. Usually there is official designation to certify them. You either pay as one time fee or pay recurrently as in pay as you go model. As you are getting the support from (for example) HP Cloud for the Infrastructure, a minimum basic support from these third parties are enough for the most simple webmasters. You are insourcing manpower and skill with a minimum fee, while your freedom to change this third party remaining intact. Previously they were only for the enterprise users, nowadays as said, services for small websites using standard IaaS services are increasing.