GoDaddy recently announced new Cloud Servers powered by a single API. The API-based service enables provisioning in less than one minute. Accordingly, users can build, test, clone and re-provision virtual instances essentially instantly. GoDaddy continues to focus its attention on small businesses, and the new offering aims to provide an entire IT stack that requires minimal resources to configure and maintain. GoDaddy hopes that its focus on ease and quickness will differentiate its services from more complicated, enterprise-focused cloud stacks (e.g. Amazon).
"With the launch of Cloud Servers, GoDaddy aims to extend our lead as the number one trusted provider of Cloud Hosting solutions for individual developers and technologies," GoDaddy SVP & GM Hosting, Jeff King, commented in a press release. "We're looking to make it easy for developers to serve small businesses with the technology they want. By offering a powerful, yet simple cloud offering that integrates domains, DNS, security and backups all in one place, developers can save time and exceed their clients' expectations."
Developers maintain control over virtual instances with concise in-app documentation and snapshots that prevent the need to start from scratch for new server builds. New servers can be imaged in a matter of seconds. The new service is built on OpenStack; a transition away from the VMware and Parallels design that served as the foundation of the previous GoDaddy platform. While OpenStack in its raw form is far from a simple stack that the average small business can handle, GoDaddy assures users that OpenStack complexity is completely masked to the user.
GoDaddy complements the new Cloud Servers offering with a simplified Cloud Applications offering. The Cloud Applications service is powered by Bitnami, a leading library for open source server application deployments. The integration enables single-click installation for applications. Whether it's CMS (e.g. WordPress, Drupal), eCommerce (e.g. OpenCart, Magento), or CRM (e.g. Odoo, OpenERP); the Bitnami-powered Cloud Applications extends GoDaddy's server-side IaaS to the client side with easy to provision, powerful user applications.
Additional features of Cloud servers include automatic data backup (without downtime), private networking, flexibility to assign permanent IPs and multiple IP addresses to a single server, and new supported distributions for Ubuntu, CentOS, Fedora, Debian, FreeBSD, CoreOS, and Arch Linux. For now, the Cloud Servers operate only in US Datacenters. For a 30 day free trial, visit the Cloud Servers site.