Cloud Hosting Comes of Age for Enterprise E-Commerce

April 18, 2015

For years, enterprise e-commerce couldn’t possibly be deployed anywhere but on premise as CIOs sought to ensure control, stability, and security of key assets and data. Over time, outsourced but dedicated hardware solutions became increasingly in vogue as technology leaders realized that pure play technology hosts could offer better uptime, reliability and, in the end, physical security than they could ensure in their own data centers. The biggest hang-up was if and when true cloud hosting would come of age and become the trusted utility computing model it has promised for many years.

Amazon and AWS were the first (and largest) entrant to the marketplace. Low cost computing power with the ability to scale up and down quickly promised great utility. But what about reliability, guaranteed uptime, and scalability? They were a big deterrent in the early years as merchants dealt with the unannounced server deprecation notices that came from many cloud hosting companies when a piece of virtualized hardware would fail.

Over the past two years, several key changes have occurred in this space. First and foremost, cloud hosting solutions have become more stable and predictable in general. Server instance deprecation notices with 48 hours lead time is becoming a thing of the past. With that, cloud hosting partners like Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure have fully implemented and delivered Holy Grail solutions such as auto-scale, multi-zone fail over solutions for disaster recovery, and more native monitoring and scaling tools. Equally important is the emergence of managed service providers who will provision, manage (including patching and monitoring) and support cloud-based infrastructures—even when the infrastructure is not in their own data center.

Enter Tenzing. They provide many of the traditional dedicated, fully managed server-based solutions in their fully owned data centers, but what makes them unique is that they are one of only a few firms that can deploy, manage and maintain a Magento appropriate infrastructure using Amazon AWS as the deployment backbone. Binary Anvil has had the opportunity to work with Tenzing on several critical, large scale AWS rollouts, and the level of stability, security and proactive maintenance we’ve witnessed meets or exceeds anything we have seen in the dedicated hardware space, with all the benefits of true cloud-based computing.

We welcome you to contact us or Tenzing to learn more about how cloud-based computing is affecting Magento e-commerce deployment models and whether this is an appropriate solution for your firm.