Webscale, a global provider of hyperscale cloud management, automation and managed hosting solutions, has launched Webscale Core – a ‘fixed cost’ cloud hosting solution for small to medium-sized (SME) ecommerce storefronts.
Initially targeting businesses on Magento (1.x, 2.x, Community and Enterprise versions), Webscale Core leverages the company’s expertise with the platform, gained from managing thousands of storefronts.
With more than half of all Magento sites still on the, soon to be end-of-life, M1.x version of the platform, most of whom are SME businesses, Webscale Core doubles down on the company’s commitment to continue its support of this large community. Webscale Core would deliver the best of the cloud, with its pervasive capacity and infrastructure availability, in an ‘affordable hosting plan’ that is unique in its support of all Magento store types, regardless of their version and size.
With Webscale Core, any SME merchant can get access to this proven platform that supports massive brands such as Alex & Ani, Shinola, Regal Cinemas, Swarovski and Watsco.
“We are entering a period of human history unlike any other, and the demands being placed upon online businesses to deliver has never been greater,” said Sonal Puri, CEO of Webscale. “Webscale Core is a simple commitment to bringing, to smaller merchants, the benefits of our many years’ experience managing multiple platforms like Magento in the public cloud, without the crippling high monthly fees or aggressive revenue sharing models that punish success.”
WAF, Geo-Blocking, DDoS Mitigation
Designed for fast-growing businesses, those with seasonal shifts in traffic, or for those just starting their online journey, Webscale Core would offer “affordable, fixed cost” hosting, and is targeted at storefronts with traffic up to 50,000 visitors per month. Pricing does not change by the size of the shopping cart or total revenue. By doing this, Webscale would commit to making ecommerce applications of all sizes successful, while enabling owners to solely focus on building their online businesses.
Security, performance and scalability challenges are common with entry-level, single-server and static hosting solutions, where low cost often equates to a substandard user experience and a lack of reliability, stated Webscale. These features would form the cornerstone of Webscale Core, all delivered via its uniquely distributed data plane. Security includes a web application firewall (WAF) with blacklisting, whitelisting and geo-blocking, OWASP Top 10 threat protection, one-click DDoS attack mitigation and Web Controls, simple, customizable DIY policies to protect against common attack patterns.
Webscale Core would also help improve performance by keeping page load times fast, using content and mobile optimization, Dynamic Site Cache for caching HTML and associated content, optimized cache control to minimize unnecessary cache purges, as well as optimizing non-critical third-party assets by deferring or downloading assets in parallel.
With high resiliency and no single point of failure, Webscale Core’s data plane would offer 100% availability, able to dynamically scale out and in, to handle traffic surges. Webscale’s self-healing capability ensures the application server automatically recovers from health failures, says Webscale, and TLS terminations ensure that application infrastructure is continuously offloaded from compute-intensive activity. Support for Webscale Core hosted storefronts is provided 24×7 by Webscale’s support team, offering both cloud and application-level expertise.