ElasticHosts

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ElasticHosts
Type Private company
Industry Cloud computing
Founded 2008
Headquarters London, UK
Key people Richard Davies, CEO
Website www.elastichosts.com

ElasticHosts is a computer service provider based in London UK. It was founded in March 2008,[1][2] and provides cloud computing service, provided from nine data centres;[3][4] in the UK (two sites), Netherlands, US (three sites), Canada, Hong Kong and Australia.

Company[edit]

ElasticHosts is privately held and competes with other public cloud-infrastructure providers such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud and Rackspace Cloud.[5][6][7] According to CEO Richard Davies, the company aims to provide servers that are set up as similar as possible to how one would provision dedicated hosting, with the exception that the customer can self-serve at any time.[8]

ElasticHosts' EU hosting data centres are in the UK and not Ireland. It is the first public [9] cloud service built on Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (rather than Xen), and it has an API that has been given a good review from a REST perspective.[10] It charges for resources (CPU, memory, disk and network) as separate entities, allowing customers to build virtual machines with widely different characteristics instead of simply categorized ones, such as small, medium and large instances.[11]

ElasticHosts (and therefore licensees) are supported directly by BoxGrinder included in Fedora 15 as of May 2011.[12][13][14]

Services[edit]

ElasticHosts offers five services.

Cloud Servers are virtualized on-demand servers, designed to behave like physical servers. Cloud Servers can be managed via their web control panel or API. Managed Cloud Servers take care of the set up and management of servers. This is offered by a company called Cloudways. Cloud Websites provide redundant, scalable hosting for websites. This is offered by Hybrid Sites. Reseller programs offered by Elastichosts, include one called White-Label. The White-Label Reseller Program allows companies to rebrand Elastichosts cloud hosting platform and resell it. Elasticstack is the underlying software to provide cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).[15] This is available as a licensed product,[16] and several other companies around the world use the same infrastructure, licensed from ElasticHosts Ltd, to provide their own branded IaaS cloud to their customers.

ElasticHosts Cloud Servers are available from nine data centres; San Jose, Los Angeles, San Antonio, Maidenhead (UK), Portsmouth (UK), Amsterdam, Toronto, Hong Kong and Sydney.

Storage[edit]

ElasticHosts only has persistent storage, based on local host store. However, in 2012 it announced solid-state drives (SSD) for all instance sizes.[17] It does not use a storage area network, but instead has directly-attached RAID arrays, with iSCSI interconnects between hosts.[citation needed] In 2011 the CEO predicted a greater demand for storage.[18]

Elastic IP addresses[edit]

ElasticHosts has two types of IPv4 addresses - static and dynamic. Both are allocated from the same pools of addresses, but static addresses are kept by the account, and can be allocated to any account's server at any time. Dynamic ones are randomly allocated for any server that has not been specifically allocated a static IP address. These are not guaranteed to remain the same, though remain for the lifespan of the instance. A shutdown of the virtual machine may or may not reallocate the IP address. Unlike Amazon, ElasticHosts does not lock a static IP to a server instance - they can be reallocated from the control panel. Reverse DNS is managed by the customer.[citation needed]

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