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Question about MySQL Cloud Environment

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  • Question about MySQL Cloud Environment

    Hi everyone, hope this is the right forum. We're (my org.) considering moving our MטSQL databases to a cloud environment. We are considering several such MySQL cloud solutions, and there are quite a few on the market (the link, for example, compares one such solution with the Amazon solution). Perhaps I'm admitting my own ignorence, but would Alpha products support such a move? Would they be able to back up MySQL databases in a cloud environment?

    Be happy to hear more information. Thanks!

  • #2
    Re: Question about MySQL Cloud Environment

    Any reputable cloud provider offers these facilities you need to watch /read the small letters in each contract.
    A good example to look at is Azure SQLServer and delivers what it costs include transaction costs, bandwidth etc requires lifetime ox calculations.
    Cheap can be expensive sale requires good management appointments after you give your business out of your hands.
    Test carefully and take time for a trial period.
    Make a plan for disaster and recovery and see if it works the provider complies with your standard.
    As A5 Was is local and external DB look at the response times and more .........
    Further considerations hold good account of your choice with the provider and technical inconveniences that will arise nothing is perfect.
    At large parties like amazon you can rent a piece of IT infrastructure and basta.
    THE moment that it is really going wrong >>> ringing the cash register and personal help is no more than within the SLA.

    An average cough with a Big Brother cloud provider will cost you $ 150.00 per hour outside the SLA.
    My advice? based on experience with customers in the U.S. and Amsterdam consider Zebra hosting environment.
    Why they are not satisfied until you as a customer are too.

    If you have further questions please let me know.




    • #3
      Re: Question about MySQL Cloud Environment

      Or - a shorter answer would be that Yes, you can move your MySQL database to a windows based hosting service and use Alpha Five as it's "front end", the part that makes that data available to you on your web site - basically you can have your own private cloud. That's pretty much what the web application portion of Alpha Five is designed for.

      Having gone the rent-a-cloud route prior to switching to Alpha Five, I don't recommend relying wholy on somebody else's cloud. Even when it's a third party hosting service, if it's your hosting account, you ftp your databases up there, and you can ftp them back down any time you want, so you have a full backup of your data right there in your office. You can even set up ftp software to do that for you on an automated schedule. Because the "front end" programming in Alpha Five is done on your development machine (your desktop) and then "published", you always have that also. So, if your cloud goes down, you can publish both the databases and the front end to a new cloud very quickly, and you can run it right in your office if you just need to get at your information while the cloud gets fixed.

      I have only one word for you to make you think long and hard about any cloud that's not your own - Blackberry.
      Wendy Welton
      past & future Alphaholic - deliberately falling off the wagon!


      • #4
        Re: Question about MySQL Cloud Environment

        Also - the better hosting services have automated backup of the whole web site. I use Arvixe and screwed up my application royally at one point - one phone call and they were able to restore the entire thing to it's prior state.
        Wendy Welton
        past & future Alphaholic - deliberately falling off the wagon!