Conventional servers are still a good option if your web project starts off on a tight budget and may become more complex later on. Cloud solutions may be the right choice if you might experience surges in traffic and are looking for a simple way to cushion the load. But anyone planning to make all or just parts of their proprietary IT infrastructure fit for the future will require an IaaS solution with sufficient security, flexibility, and ease of use to work efficiently in the long term. IONOS has the right solution for any scenario.
For a small- to medium-sized personal or business website.
The Managed Cloud eases the load on developers and agencies when configuring stacks.
A company that needs a sophisticated IT infrastructure in addition to its website will profit from the flexible features of the IONOS Cloud or the Enterprise Cloud.
This option is particularly suitable for agencies and freelance developers that need different combinations of web servers, databases, and programming languages for test and development purposes. Services are billed according to usage.
Ideal for fluctuating requirements, e.g. seasonal businesses, or if there are significant variations in traffic, e.g. broadcast of major sporting events, live concerts, etc.
Services are billed by the minute.
Navigating the digital transformation: Companies are migrating some or all of their on-premises IT infrastructure to the cloud. Services are billed strictly according to usage in this case as well.
The preinstalled mail server by IONOS is usually enough for beginners and private users to get started immediately. Anyone needing more options can install open source software like PostFix to set up their own mail server. They will need a Linux operating system and root permissions for the server. But that’s no problem, as the IONOS VPS runs on both Windows and Linux operating systems and allows the necessary root access.
FTP (file transfer protocol) is a convenient way of uploading and downloading files to and from a server. This requires a program like FileZilla (available free on the net) that you install on your local computer. But you can also use your browser to transfer files by FTP, although it is not as handy as an FTP program. Another advantage of FTP is that file transfer is lightning quick. You can also assign dedicated access rights. An FTP server is available to you, even with a VPS.
One of the areas in which a terminal server may be helpful is if a company wants to give all its staff access to certain programs without installing them individually on each computer. Example: A terminal server is a good way of running image processing software if it is used only sporadically. The benefits: Programs are updated only on the terminal server and are then available to all users. It is also a good way of keeping license costs down. What’s more, admins can use the terminal server to monitor and maintain the system externally, e.g. when on call.
The terminal server software LTSP (Linux Terminal Server Project), for example, is easy to install on any Linux server with root access. It’s important to bear in mind that the terminal server may take up a lot of resources, depending on how often the software is used, so it is advisable to pick a dedicated server with sufficiently powerful CPUs, as well as enough RAM and hard drive space.
The answer to the question of whether you should rent a server or use one of the IONOS Cloud solutions depends on the complexity of your project. Smaller or moderately sized personal or business websites can be hosted on a VPS or dedicated server. Most developers and agencies prefer to use the Managed Cloud, as it eases the load when configuring stacks. A company that needs a sophisticated IT infrastructure in addition to its website will profit from the flexible features of a cloud server like the IONOS Cloud or the Enterprise Cloud.