The focus is not on the hardware, but on what the application or website needs: memory, computing power, storage capacity and bandwidth. Virtualization allows you to start small and to add CPUs, disks or memory according as your needs grow. Once the hardware has reached its maximum capacity, you can keep expanding by adding virtual servers.
Typical for the cloud is that you only pay for the capacity that you really use. This is a marked difference with using dedicated servers - especially compared to the pre-virtualization age - where you always have to invest in servers, regardless of the extent to which you really use the capacity.
Thanks to the scalability of the cloud, you can expand or reduce the computing power according to your wishes. Instead of buying your own server with a predefined capacity, you rent the capacity that you need every month. If necessary, you can increase or reduce the computing power at any time.
Another important feature is that you make the right choice between a managed and an unmanaged cloud. As your independent hosting partner, Combell recommends the use of managed hosting services.
That way, you get the most out of our expertise and benefits of scale, without having to worry about managing your cloud servers. Moreover, Combell can advise you on the solution most suited to your business needs. We study which choice would be most indicated for you: a public, private or hybrid cloud. For your company, it is essential that you can trust a hosting provider who understands your business and takes care of managing the entire hosting infrastructure according to its needs. That is what you can count on with Combell.
Finally, you should also think about the privacy aspect of data storage. International hosting providers store their customers' data in the cloud, without them being able to check or find out in which physical location this is done.
There is, however, for many sectors and companies, the legal obligation to keep all company data in one's own country. Moreover, it is an essential component of your efforts related to risk management that you know where your data - including all confidential information on your customers - is physically located.
The European Union does not allow exportation of personal information to countries located outside the Union, except to countries which have a privacy law at least as strict as the European one. The United States are not acceptable under these terms. In the context of the US counter-terrorism policy, the American government is entitled to consult all electronically saved data, which includes your company information, if it is parked on an American cloud server. With Combell, things are different. Even if your company data are in the cloud, we offer you the guarantee that they are located on Belgian territory at all times. Moreover, in contrast to large international cloud hosters, we do allow an independent audit related thereto without any problem.
There are 3 different Cloud Delivery models: IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. Combell is specialized in Cloud & Virtualized hosting and can provide advice for any model.