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VPS Hosting: Application Testing and Quick-Fail Tool

by Chinonye on July 13, 2011

VPS serverNew ideas are the backbone of any great IT department, but the difference between generating an idea and having the room to test it can be significant.

The smartphone and tablet revolution has led to the creation of applications as something that no company can afford to ignore. While applications for server performance and company efficacy have long been around and needed by any business with a strong IT connection, the use of the term has been scaled up in recent years and has come to include virtually any program that a company chooses to run.

Many companies are now making the switch to in-house development teams in order to ensure that their applications not only meet specifications, but can do exactly what the company needs them to do, every time they are run. But while ideas may flow quickly in a well-run IT department, getting these ideas off paper, into code and then tested can take a great deal of effort in traditional server environments.

Now, there’s VPS hosting.

Virtual private server (VPS) hosting is a form of virtualization in which a company takes some or all of its data, applications, and infrastructure and moves it to a server that is not physically local. The server is managed by a VPS provider, who partitions it into a number of virtual machines (VMs). A company is assigned as many VMs as they purchase, and each one runs as if it were the only one on the server – it is unaware of what any of the others are doing, and is in fact oblivious to their existence. While they share the underlying hardware of the machine, the environment they create is entirely malleable and can be made to do whatever a company needs it to do.

VPS hosting options can therefore be an excellent way to test out new applications and see how they run in a live environment. Rather than setting up a separate physical server with exactly the right specifications for testing, a company can purchase a VM that will come coded exactly as they need it, and can begin porting apps over as soon as they are ready to be tested. Not only are these servers often far cheaper than their physical equivalents, but they will often deliver better value, coupled with the freedom from any maintenance – the hosting company will take care of all of those details.

Application hosting on a VPS has a number of other benefits as well, including the ability of the VM to act as a quick-fail tool. Rather than having to ensure that the server is working properly and exhibiting the right conditions before testing and app and then determining if it did in fact fail, a company can simply load up what they wish to be tested and try it out. If it fails, it will be apparent instantly, allowing a company to get back to the drawing board without the need for double-checking on the server. Quick-fail tools can slash the time it takes to improve applications, and shorten the distance between application creation and their implementation on a large scale.

Increased productivity is often the result of VPS hosting, especially when it comes to applications and application hosting and testing. The ability to cut losses, tweak apps or abandon them if they do not perform is something that traditional servers cannot offer in the same time frame, and can help companies not only encourage their IT teams to think outside the box, but test outside it as well.

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Stoddard July 14, 2011 at 9:00 AM

These are great tools to learn at a young age. The rise of in-house app development teams will surely lead to lots of new jobs.

Rusher July 14, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Instant testing of new apps means the time it takes to develop a new app is cut way down. This gives you a crucial competitive edge.

WrigleyF July 14, 2011 at 9:03 AM

It’s nice to know you can start out with only a few VM’s, and add more as needed.

silkysmooth September 1, 2011 at 4:43 AM

with these VM’s, i think we’re going to see breakthrough new apps being introduced to the public every week!

Randy5 December 8, 2011 at 3:20 PM

I agree with Rusher about the importance of reduced time in application testing. And imagine how much time it saves to get a VM from your application hosting that’s already coded to your specifications!

OfftheWall February 6, 2012 at 7:56 AM

In the past, I’ve thought I had a great application only to see it take a nose-dive in a live environment. The speed of application testing in application hosting takes some of the pain out of this kind of failure, though.

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