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Elastic Compute Service: Alibaba Cloud Helps Businesses Achieve Cloud Computing Objectives

This article shows why should move business to the Cloud and how to select Alibaba Cloud ECS instance to enable NextGen computing for business.

Implementing Alibaba Cloud ECS along with various services provided by Alibaba Cloud can help businesses achieve nextgen cloud computing objectives.

Digital transformation is dramatically reshaping how businesses operate today. Companies are striving to rapidly shift from being a traditional enterprise to a technology-driven enterprise to accomplish operational excellence. Moving business to the Cloud is definitely on the key agenda for innovation-seeking CIOs focused on transforming their organizations into digital enterprises. A study by BSA on Global Cloud Preparedness illustrates how countries across the globe are making major strides towards cloud adoption.

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Traditional organizations with legacy IT infrastructure now endeavor to adopt the cloud-first strategy to achieve growth objectives and overcome on-premises computing challenges such as:

  1. Hardware, Logistics, and Costs: Huge capital expenditure (CAPEX) to procure, implement, and maintain massive immobile hardware can strain organizational finances.
  2. Backup and Disaster Recovery: Inadequate disk space limits effective data backup, and in-house storage is more prone to data loss during unforeseen situations.
  3. Availability and Reliability: On-premise setup doesn't provide uptime or recovery time guarantee, thereby hampering the end-user experience.
  4. Infrastructure Scalability: Complex infrastructure setup doesn't support demand fluctuations and may cause over-or-underutilization of resources.
  5. Software Updates: Rigid setup limits software customization and any upgrades may escalate reliability issues.
  6. Technical Support: Require dedicated IT staff to monitor and maintain hardware and software applications designed to meet an organization's specific needs.

Cloud Computing: A Must-have Technology for Business Growth

Irrespective of business size and type, the cloud is becoming the default requirement to quickly and easily expand business across the globe. Cloud adoption helps businesses overcome the limitations posed by on-premises computing and adds value at multiple levels. IT cost reduction and better performance are the primary benefits of cloud computing. The following chart from Vanson Bourne's Cloud Adoption and Risk Report lists several other advantages of adopting cloud computing:

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Power Up Your Journey to Cloud with Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS)

Alibaba Cloud ECS: One-stop Solution to Support All Your Hosting Needs

Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS) is a highly scalable and efficient cloud computing service that supports applications by providing elastic and secure cloud servers.

Unlike the traditional models, ECS helps you overcome the scalability challenges to meet real-time demands by allowing instant resource deployment. It allows you to only pay for the resources you use and thus, helps to ease out financial pressure.

Alibaba Cloud ECS makes it easy for enterprises, small-and-medium businesses, and developers to procure virtual servers at a minimum cost in just a few minutes.

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Alibaba Cloud ECS is an end-to-end solution to meet your diverse elastic computing requirements. Let's deep dive into various benefits of ECS:

  1. Elasticity: It is easy to launch many instances simultaneously to match the on-demand requirements in a few clicks via the on-demand server provisioning system. ECS simplifies operations by allowing you to automatically scale resources, upgrade network bandwidth, and launch region-specific instances without any hassles.
  2. Stability: ECS supports reliable data backups and critical data recovery capabilities in the wake of emergency situations or disasters and guarantees 99.95% service availability.
  3. High Performance: ECS guarantees faster processing based on Alibaba Cloud's dynamic storage capabilities and high-quality network.
  4. One-Click Automation: With ECS's user-friendly management console you can access and manage all your resources with a single click. It also allows automating several related tasks such as database backups and deployment processes.
  5. Storage: Unlike on-premises models, storing data on ECS is simple and quick. You can also easily expand the storage on the go attaching different types of cloud disks, including Basic CloudDisk, Ultra Cloud Disk, and SSD Cloud Disk.
  6. Security: Alibaba Cloud ECS supports Anti-DDoS and Network Security Group (NSG) protection that allows users to control instances across different ports.

Pick the Right Alibaba Cloud ECS Instance for Your Business

Ease of deployment, performance enhancement, and substantial cost savings make cloud services a win-win situation for businesses. However, selecting the right instance specifications that match your business requirements holds the key; otherwise, you end up spending a considerable cost for resources and services that your business doesn't even need.

Alibaba Cloud ECS offers different instance types to cater to various workloads. While some are ideal for high-performance computing, large storage, and memory-intensive workloads, others support multiple general business scenarios.

To avoid selecting a wrong-size instance type, it is imperative that you understand the key functions of each ECS instance family types.

The following diagram gives an overview of primary instance types to help you discover which one suits your business needs:

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How to Install MongoDB on an Alibaba Cloud ECS Instance

In this tutorial, you will learn a bit about MongoDB and how you can install and use MongoDB on an Alibaba Cloud ECS instance installed with Ubuntu 16.

How to Install Fn Project on ECS Ubuntu 18.04

Fn project is an event-driven, open-source serverless computing platform that you can use and run anywhere. With Fn, you can deploy your functions to an Fn server, which automatically executes and manages these functions. Each function is run in a Docker container enabling the platform to provide a broad range of support for development languages such as Java, JavaScript (Node), Go, and Python. You can run the server locally on your computer, or on a server at your on-premises data center or in the cloud. The Fn project has a strong enterprise focus with an extended emphasis on security, scalability, and observability.

In this article, we will show you how to install and set up a serverless Fn project on an Alibaba Cloud ECS instance installed with Ubuntu 18.04.

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Elastic Compute Service

Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS) provides fast memory and the latest Intel CPUs to help you to power your cloud applications and achieve faster results with low latency.

Deploy ECS instances with just a few clicks from the easy-to-use console and scale capacity up or down based on real-time demands.

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Scenarios

ECS is a highly flexible solution that can be used independently as a simple web or application server, or used together with other Alibaba Cloud services to deliver advanced solutions.

Instance Overview

An ECS instance is a virtual machine that contains basic computing components such as the vCPU, memory, operating system, network, and disk. You can fully customize and modify all configurations of an ECS instance. After you log on to the Alibaba Cloud Management console, you can manage resources and configure the environment of your ECS instances.

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