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Friday, 30 January 2015 18:02

1&1 unveils flexible cloud servers paid for by the minute

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Hosting business 1&1 has launched a new selection of cloud servers aimed at SMEs that can be paid for by the minute and take just 55 seconds to deploy.


European web hosting business 1&1 Internet has launched a new Dynamic Cloud Server solution in the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy that can be deployed in less than a minute and can be paid for by the minute.

This new Cloud solution is aimed at small and medium sized businesses who are yet to move to the cloud and those already using cloud solutions, but who wish to go one step further in their Cloud adoption.

The Dynamic Cloud Server features a simple dashboard that allows users to activate and manage cloud servers, storage systems and connectivity solutions such as firewalls, load balancers and backup, with just one click and has the ability to create servers within 55 seconds.

The server also includes SSD storage by default through a Storage Area Network (SAN) and includes quick templates to build servers with the most popular applications already preinstalled such as WordPress, Drupal or Magento.

1&1 also includes an API to enable users to automate server configurations, backup policies and the integration of resources in the Cloud with internal systems and centralised firewall rule setting for all virtual machines, and hot-add resize to increase resources without downtime.

Servers can be configured with 1-16 CPUs, 1-128Gb memory, and 20-500Gb SSDs with a choice of CentOS, Ubuntu, Windows Server 2008/2012 and are paid for by the minute (starting from £0.00037/minute+VAT) or monthly (£15.84/month+VAT for a basic configuration). The servicer also offers unlimited traffic, firewalls, private networks, load balancers and private IPs as well as 24/7 support.

Commenting on the launch Robert Hoffmann, CEO 1&1 Internet said. “Many small and medium businesses are considering moving to the Cloud but until now there has not been a Cloud service available that met their expectations in terms of security and flexibility while still being easy to manage. Now, whether they need one server or several servers, professionals can trust in 1&1 as the leading web host in Europe to support them on their migration to the Cloud, where they will discover a new category of Cloud solution that has been specifically designed to address their needs with the best quality-price ratio on the market”.

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