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All About Simple Application Server

This article gives a short description of Alibaba Cloud Simple Application Server

By Rupal Shirpurkar, Business Head (Cloud BU – APAC) of Click2Cloud Inc. and Alibaba Cloud MVP

There is a growing amount of technology in the tech world, and there are many types of software available in the market that can ease the burden on developers as well as help improve business growth. Alibaba Cloud's Simple Application Server is a next-gen single server-based service for website and application deployment. It provides a one-stop solution for you to deploy, manage, build, monitor, configure, and maintain websites and applications. It is easy to use, allowing beginners or entry-level users to readily access it to develop applications for cloud computing services.

Let's take a look at the illustration below to understand it clearly.

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Figure: Architecture Diagram of Simple Application Server

With Simple Application Server, you can develop an environment or website with the help of applications, system images, and other Alibaba Cloud services. It offers you multiple application images, including Node.js, Php, Joomla, Windows, and many more. They are connected with user applications and you can select application images to load using ECS compute resources. As shown on the diagram below, you can integrate with the application with the help of other Alibaba Cloud services, including domain, DNS, SSL certificates service, and VPC.

You can also use Alibaba Cloud Simple Application Server as a dedicated cloud server to manage and deploy your applications. Compared to web spaces and virtual private servers, some key benefits of a simple application server are listed below:

Benefits of Simple Application Server:

  1. You can access the servers and applications with a few clicks.
  2. End-to-end management, operations, and maintenance for applications.
  3. Extensive service integration.
  4. Easy to use.
  5. Cost-effective, with lower prices compared to purchasing separate cloud resources.
  6. It uses standard SSDs based on shared ECS instances. Thus, it provides high performance.

You can create small websites and personal blogs, learning environments, running web programs, and building e-commerce websites with Alibaba Cloud Simple Application Server. It consists of elastic compute resources, including compute, storage, and network resources. It supports CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu, and Windows operating systems. It provides a monthly package of resources, and if it exceeds it, it will change to pay-as-you-go. It provides multiple applications through images that help you run programs and software, such as WordPress, Joomla, OpenCart, and Drupal.

Wrapping Up

A simple application server offers you a handy, one-click application deployment that supports all-in-one services, such as domain name resolution, website publishing, O&M, application management, and security. This leads to user-friendly, easy to use, simple applications that allow any layman to start using cloud computing products.

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