Global Cloud Provider, ElasticHosts, Unveils Linux-Friendly Cloud Storage

ElasticHosts, a global cloud provider that offers cloud servers and storage with instant, flexible computing capacity, has launched a new cloud storage solution specifically designed for Linux users. ElasticHosts Cloud Storage is specifically built for the needs of Linux system administrators, and works out of the box with common Linux tools such as Rsync backup and SSHFS remote file servers.

The new cloud storage service is immediately available from ElasticHosts data centers worldwide and can be used as a standalone service or alongside the company’s cloud servers, both VMs and auto-scaling Linux Containers.

ElasticHosts Cloud Storage provides unlimited file storage on-demand. It dynamically scales as required and is billed only by consumption. Customers can choose from ElasticHosts’ worldwide data centers to get fast local access in an appropriate data jurisdiction while benefiting from 24/7 support.

Key use cases would include:

  • elastichosts cloud serversOffsite backups – Full Rsync integration allows system administrators to import files and maintain incremental backups using standard Linux tools
  • Shared network drives – Share files, connecting “securely” from multiple locations over SSHFS or WebDAV
  • Hosting static web pages and downloads – Serve simple pages or large downloads without a webserver, or offload these from a webserver
  • Integration with ElasticHosts cloud servers – Run auto-scaling Linux Containers directly from SSD storage, and mount storage on VMs, enabling tight integration with the customer’s software and direct remote access into the file system of a running server

“Most cloud storage products, such as Dropbox, are built for consumers on desktop computers, or have complicated APIs, like Amazon S3,” said Richard Davies, CEO of ElasticHosts. “This makes them cumbersome for Linux system administrators to use. We are heavily involved in the Linux community and were keen to create a solution that meets their specific needs and works with their existing tools; it is actually something we use internally. For example, Rsync is a fantastic tool for incremental backups that is widely used, so when we were designing the storage we knew it needed to integrate with it. Similarly SSHFS remote file servers are very popular.”

Apart from cloud storage, ElasticHosts also offers virtual machines (VMs), Linux Containers, managed cloud servers and reseller programs. The company has thousands of customers in over 60 countries worldwide, and has 10 data centers located in UK, Europe, US, Canada, Asia and Australia.