An often overlooked aspect in getting Cloud Server service is whether or not access to shared resources like email, databases and DNS is available. Most Cloud Server companies expect you to use your own server for these most basic requirements to being online. At EPhost, these services are an available add-on called hosted services. This means your server isn't subjected to unneeded resource utilization or open to the typical security issues that come along with hosting these features. e.g. email.
What are Hosted Services?
When shopping for a Cloud Server many people forget about things like where they will get email service, or databases.
Our Hosted Services offering gives you access to our shared hosting systems like email, DNS management, and databases so you don’t have to host them on your own server if you don’t want to.
Most Cloud Server companies don't offer any of these options for their customers. It is usually expected that you will run these services on your own server which means less system resources where/when they are needed the most.
Lower Overall Expenses
Access to our Hosted Services saves you money and typically provides a more robust service. For instance, if you don't need to host your own email then you won't have to buy email server software, an email anti-virus/anti-spam gateway, nor will you need to hire someone to fix it when it breaks or your server becomes infected.
Increase Server Resources
RAM and CPU are finite resources and can get depleted by memory intensive applications like database servers- even when not in use. If it is not 100% necessary to run these applications on your server then save the resources by taking advantage of EPhost’s Hosted Service options. Freeing-up your server’s resources will mean better overall performance and reliability for your website.
Reduce Your Server's Attack Surface
Using our Hosted Services also reduces your server's attack surface. If you don't need MS SQL (Port 1433) or MySQL (Port 3306), which are both popular hacker targets, then you won't have to worry about those ports. The same is true with email which is much more dangerous to self-host. Obviously, there are situations which warrant hosting your own database or email server -- but when it isn't mission critical why bother.
Our Hosted Services Options
Our hosted service options are available separately and include the following services. You can always elect to host these services on your Cloud Server and are entirely optional.
Integrated Control Panel
When you order Hosted Services through EPhost these services will be integrated into your control panel with us. You will be able to add, edit and delete these services as needed through a friendly web based administration tool.
You can think of The Cloud as the overall enviroment in which Virtual Servers live. The Cloud controls virtual servers to ensure the best performance, security and reliability for our customers.
Scalable & On-Demand
Using our cloud control system you can create and destroy virtual servers at will. The Cloud Controls enable you to fully control the server as if it was sitting right in front of you.
At EPhost we features a large suite of additional products and services to extend your cloud server. Whether you need a MS SQL server license, SSL certificate, or server management we have an option for you.