1&1 Dynamic Cloud Server review

Each VM can be hard-reset or turned off, and you can re-image it with another supported OS. For basic monitoring, you can ping the server’s IP address, check on the availability of services, and receive an email if any fail to respond.

When you power down a VM, all charges for cores and RAM are frozen. Furthermore, for the first six months after VM creation, 1&1 won’t charge for the storage it uses.

Snapshots can be run manually on a VM once it has been shut down. We tested the snapshot restore process on a Windows Server 2012 VM and it took five minutes to complete.

For server backup, you can purchase the Professional Backup package. We tested this on our Windows VMs and ran scheduled file, folder and database backups to 1&1’s hosted storage. Initially, we couldn’t access our backup accounts due to a file permission glitch, but after sending a standard customer request via the portal, 1&1 support had it sorted within 24 hours.

1&1 Dynamic Cloud Server

A cheaper option is the Server Backup package, which provides an FTP storage repository for hosted VMs only. It works with any FTP client; we tested successfully using the FileZilla utility to back up data on a Windows Server 2012 VM.

Total uptime is essential if you’re using DCS to run critical apps, and we kept an eye on our VMs using Paessler’s PRTG Network Monitor 12.4. Using sensors to ping the VMs every minute, we ran this for a week; no unexpected downtime was recorded.

You can monitor the VMs from a mobile device, since 1&1 has an app for that. Using the 1&1 Cloud Server App on our iPad, we were able to keep an eye on all VMs, modify their hardware, re-image them, create snapshots and restore VMs.

1&1’s Dynamic Cloud Server costs less than hosted services such as Rackspace, and it’s much more flexible. It’s an ideal cloud platform for running business services or for testing and development, especially since you pay only when you’re actually using it.

Details

Software subcategoryOther software

Operating system support

Operating system Linux supported?yes
Other operating system supportWindows 8

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