Cloud computing has taken the world by storm in recent years. The cloud refers to any content that is stored and accessible in a remote data center rather than in an onsite location. This could be any Dedicated or Hybrid Server, but it usually means a collection of servers that are automated together to deploy virtual servers which can instantly scale and down and are protected by redundant resources.
Sounds great, right?
But everything in business has a cost, be it time or money. Cloud computing is no exception to this. That begs the question: how long does it take to get a cloud server deployed? The answer depends on you - your needs as a business, your hiring budget, and the cloud configuration you require. Let's dive in.
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How long does it take to deploy a cloud server?
Cloud servers are generally instantly deployed. This means that the server will immediately start to be created on the cloud infrastructure based on the template or OS you have selected. This infrastructure is designed to scale over time so that new servers can be spun up at a moments notice.
Even though the server is instantly created, it will take a couple of minutes for the files to be copied to the server and for the server to complete the boot process. You can expect a deployed server to be accessible within about 5 minutes on average.
On occasion, this process will be delayed so that the server provider can perform payment verification on the account. While it is certainly annoying to have to wait a bit of extra time for the server, this process helps ensure only legitimate users are deploying cloud servers. If this process were not followed, malicious servers would be deployed which would slow down your server performance and create a poor network reputation.
What Factors Impact Cloud Deployment Time
Deploy Time On Public Vs. Private Clouds
There are three main deployment models of cloud services: public, private, and hybrid. Each of these deployment models may have a different deployment time depending on the setup.
A public cloud is the most popular option of all the cloud types. Public clouds are a platform that consists of cloud servers from a number of different clients. Public clouds will have the fastest setup time as the infrastructure used for the cloud is already setup and automated to deploy new servers immediately. A public cloud also has the advantage of being the most affordable, and with a public cloud you only need to pay for what you use.
A public cloud is shared by numerous users, but each of these users is kept completely isolated from one another. This ensures optimal cloud security. Security is one of the primary benefits of cloud computing. When compared to an onsite application, cloud servers are protected in secure data centers from intrusion. However, as cloud servers are accessible on the public internet, standard server security precautions should be taken to avoid intrusion.
A private cloud, on the other hand, is a collection of servers that form a cloud environment that is only used by one client. This is generally used for unique server requirements or due to compliance obligations within a particular industry. It can take a couple days up to several months to deploy a private cloud depending on the complexity. Once the private cloud is deployed, creating new server instances is an instant process.
The third option is a hybrid cloud environment. Many businesses take the hybrid cloud approach, as it allows them to divide the server workload between cloud resources which can scale up and down, and dedicated or Hybrid Servers, which can be cheaper and are designed for more stable workloads. In a hybrid cloud deployment, it will take longer for the non-cloud infrastructure to be deployed, but the cloud resources and resources will still be instantly deployed.
Depending on the applications you wish to setup and the amount of resources you need on the cloud server, this could impact deployment time. For example, you may wish to create templates or other automations which allow you to deploy servers that are already equipped with the applications you need. This can increase deployment time as you develop these templates, but it will lead to increased cloud deployment time down the road.
How to Setup Up Cloud Server
Now that you understand how long the cloud deployment process takes, you need a cloud provider who has the experience and technology to power your cloud infrastructure requirements.
ServerMania has been in the server hosting industry since 2002 and has the expertise required as a cloud provider to help you reach your server goals. Learn more about our cloud server solutions or book a free consultation to get started with your next cloud deployment today!