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Multi-tier

Last Updated: Feb 07, 2013 05:23PM MST

Multi-tier application hosting is here!


Standing Cloud is pleased to announce that we now provide multi-tier application hosting on many of our Cloud providers.

What does this mean to you.. the user?

Standing Cloud is now able to provide load balancing to your servers and applications, offering the ability to distribute the resources allotted to you.  Additionally, by distributing the load on your servers and applications we are able to reduce the number of failure points... adding another layer of up-time and security to your hosted applications.


Currently multi-tier hosting is only supported on 64-bit servers … which means it is NOT available on Amazon and Linode at this time.


Cloud providers currently supporting Multi-tier hosting:

OpSource

GoGrid

Slicehost

CloudSigma

SoftLayer

Atlantic.Net

Rackspace

Tagadab

Green House Data

 




Applications currently enabled for multi-tier use are:

Drupal

Joomla

Magento

Mambo

Mantis

MediaWiki

OpenVBX

osCommerce

phpBB3

phpyMyAdmin

SugarCRM

vTigerCRM

WordPress

 

 


Important points to understand prior to installing a multi-tier environment:
  • Test Drives are not available for multi-tier, only Hosted Applications.
  • Multi-tier hosted applications can’t be installed to an existing server.
  • Some of the standard single-tier functionality is not available in multi-tier (i.e. Preview Restore)


When installing an application that is multi-tier capable, you will see an additional option on the “Step 2” portion of the configurator.
(see below)



You may select either Single tier or Multi tier for your installation and then move on to the hosting details.  

Next, you’ll select the number of tiers you want to provsion.


Step 3 displays your summary monthly fees.
Accepting the fees begins the provisioning of the servers, as shown below.


Once your servers have spun up, the application will install and you will be ready to launch your app.
There are some differences in functionality between single and multi-tier server installs.

Supported functionality from the admin console:
  • Install
  • Save & shut down
  • Restore
    • Restore as multi-tier
    • Restore as single tier
  • Delete
  • Change the name of the multi-tier grouping

Un-supported functionality from the console:
  • No terminal access
  • No editing of the web address
  • No instructions for FTP or SSH displayed

     
NOTICE:  This is an 'Alpha' release and it should NOT be used for production environments. It is intended to be used for testing purposes only. Please report bugs to support@standingcloud.com.
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