How Cloud Servers work

Select a size for your cloud

Cloud Srever sizes are
measured by the amount of
physical mermory reserved for
your instance and range from
256 MB up to 30.0 GB.

Select your Operating System

Choose from a variety of popular
64-bit Linux®Distributions-
CentOS,Fedora,Arch and Red
Hat Enterprise Linux-or
Server 2008.View the full list of
operating systemes we have

Your Server is online in just a
few minutes

Using our online control panel
and API,each Cloud Server can
be upgraded or removed as your
needs change.You can even
manage your Cloud Servers on-
the-govia your iphone®,ipad®,
ipod® touch and Android.

Linux or Windows Servers in minutes

With Cloud Servers™, you get what you want when you need it. Make a new server for staging and four new servers
for production. Delete one, create three more. You only pay for what you use.

  • Accessible via online control panel and open API
  • Fully customisable with root access
  • No minimum commitments or contracts
  • Cloud Servers with Managed Service Level now available

Mix 'n match to suit your hosting needs

Accommodate traffic spikes, test & development needs, and other variable load applications with a mix of Dedicated Servers and Cloud Servers operating seamlessly together.

Finally real SLAs for Cloud Computing

The SLA adopted for Cloud Servers is just as aggressive as the one we provide for traditional hosted servers. It provides remedies for any downtime event caused by the network, data centre infrastructure, the physical host server, or the migration of your instance from one physical host to another (should that be required).

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Microsoft® SQL Server - 2008 R2 Available

Select one of our SQL 2008 R2 images to add a SQL 2008 R2 Standard or Web Edition database to your Windows Cloud Server. With pay as you go pricing, you can spin up a SQL Server instance in just minutes.

The Technologies Behind Cloud Servers

From the command line,you'll find that Cloud servers look and act much like the traditional servers you may be using now.However, key technologies make Cloud Servers much more flexible than hardware decices.

The Virtualization Layer

Each Cloud Server is a virtual
machine abstracted from the
hardware. We use a software
hypervisor with proven
performance, reliability,
scalability, and security.
Launching a new Cloud Server
happens in minutes since we
only need to start up a virtual
machine on already running
hardware. Virtualization also
allows Cloud Servers to be
moved easily or even resized for
more CPU and memory.

CPU Bursting

All Cloud Servers come with a
certain amount of guaranteed
CPU power based on the size of
the servers you create. However,
at times when there's extra CPU
power available from the host
hardware, we take advantage of
it, providing your workloads extra
processing power without any
additional cost to you.

In-Place Resizing

Scaling up your Cloud Server is
simple–you don't need to
reinstall anything. With the click
of a mouse or simple API call,
your Cloud Server is
momentarily taken offline, the
RAM, disk space and CPU
allotment are adjusted, and the
server is restarted. The entire
process is automated and takes
just a few minutes.

Cloud Servers features

  • Manage your Cloud Servers on-the-go via your Android smartphone, iPhone®, iPad® and iPod® touch
  • Storage is RAID-10 protected for superior performance and redundancy.
  • For Linux distributions, each Cloud Server is assigned four virtual cores (for servers up to 15GB) or eight virtual cores for the 30GB server size.
  • For Windows images, each Cloud Server is assigned a number of virtual cores based on the size of the Cloud Server. 30GB Cloud Servers receive 8 virtual cores.
  • No oversubscription. Reserved RAM and storage.
  • You can spin up and scale a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard or Web Edition instance in just minutes. With utility-based pricing, you only pay for what you use.
  • Separate public and private network interfaces. Private bandwidth is free and provides inter-Cloud Server communication as well as access to Cloud Files. If you use a public IP, there is a cost for outgoing bandwidth only
  • Snapshot based server images—scheduled or on-demand. Useful for creating "gold" images for cloning Cloud Servers, or backups.
  • Support for multiple public IP addresses
  • IPv6 - Provision a Cloud Server that is IPv6 ready.
  • Shared IPs for high-availability configurations using standard failover tools.
  • Linux distribution or Windows image of your choice.
  • Web-based console access. Access your server if there is a boot or network problem.
  • Bootable rescue mode. File system access to repair a troubled Cloud Server.
  • Combine Dedicated Servers and Cloud Servers to match your compute needs with the hybrid hosting option.
Linux® Distributions Windows® Images
Arch 2011.10 -
CentOS 6.0 Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise 64-bit
CentOS 5.6 Windows Server 2008 SP2 Enterprise 64-bit
Debian 6.0 (Squeeze) Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise 32-bit
Debian 5.0 (Lenny) Windows Server 2008 64- Bit with SQL 2008 R2 Standard Edition*
Fedora 16 (Verne) -
Fedora 15 (Lovelock) Windows Server 2008 32- Bit with SQL 2008 R2 Standard Edition*
Fedora 14(Laughin) Windows Server 2008 R2 with SQL 2008 R2 Standard Edition*
Gentoo 11.0 Windows Server 2008 R2 with SQL Server 2008 R2 Web Edition*
openSUSE 12.1 -
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 6.1 -
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 5.5 -
Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) -
Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) -
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) -

*Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 images available on 2GB and higher Cloud Servers. For 2GB - 15GB server sizes, add 50p/hour for SQL Standard Edition or add 6p/hour for SQL Web Edition. For 30GB server size, add 80p/hour for SQL Standard Edition and 8p/hour for SQL Web Edition.

Operating System also available with Managed Cloud Servers. Service level also provides support for Apache, MySQL (Linux) and .Net/IIS (Windows).

How we price Cloud Servers

Hourly (Estimated Monthly)
Hourly (Estimated Monthly)
10GB Disk
20>GB Disk
£ 0.023
40GB Disk
80GB Disk
£ 0.092
£ 0.1196
160GB Disk
£ 0.184
£ 0.2392
320GB Disk
620GB Disk
£ 0.736
1200GB Disk
Learn More About Managed Service Level

Pricing for Cloud Servers imaging

With Cloud Servers, you can create an image of any Cloud Server containing less than 80GB of data — and you can use this image to restore a server or clone a new one. You can create an unlimited number of images on-demand, or you can schedule an automatic daily or weekly image.

Images will be compressed and stored on Cloud Files at 12.65p /GB per month. If you delete a Cloud Server, the associated image stored in Cloud Files will persist in your account unless the image is explicitly removed.

Additional IPs Pricing

Additional public IP addresses can be purchased for £2.30 per month. We only offer additional IPv4 addresses for SSL purposes.

Bandwidth Pricing

Bandwidth Monthly cost
Bandwidth in No charge
Bandwidth out 12.65p / GB

Additional Licenses

RedHat Enterprise Linux images are available for an additional £14.40 a month.
*Microsoft SQL Server images available on 2GB and higher Cloud Servers. Add £0.50/hour for SQL Standard Edition or add £0.06/hour for SQL Web Edition for Cloud Servers between 2GB and 16GB. For 30GB Cloud Servers, add £0.80/hour for SQL Standard Edition or £0.08 /hour for SQL Web Edition.