Cloud hosting

UKFast offers a truly unique, tailored approach to cloud hosting, with a range of public and private cloud servers to suit any team - whether you're a budding startup, an international enterprise or public sector organisation.

  • Utilise high-performance, reliable, enterprise-grade tech
  • Scale and adapt any solution to meet your exact requirements
  • Maximise IT budgets with custom configurations and no hidden microcharges
  • Take advantage of automated setup, expert management and maintenance, and outstanding tech support

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Public cloud

  • Get started in minutes with a 30-day free trial
  • No wasted budget with PAYG billing
  • Tailored cloud server configurations from day one
  • Scale VMs quickly and easily
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Private cloud

  • Guaranteed performance, security and flexibility
  • Dedicated, enterprise-grade tech for a fixed monthly cost
  • Personalised, pod-based support as standard
  • Fully managed and maintained by experienced engineers
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Why choose the cloud?

No CapEx

Cloud hosting eliminates the need for hefty upfront investment in hardware and software, and makes financial predictions simpler with a fixed monthly cost. Not to mention the setting up and running of your own on-site data centre, with racks of servers, power, cooling systems and the expertise needed to manage it.

Scalability

Cloud computing lets you have an elastic business model, delivering the right amount of IT resources for each stage of your business’ growth. Great for any business with big plans for the future or if your website experiences large fluctuations in user traffic, as you won’t be limited by your own in-house server capacity or network.

Performance

Our highly trained, in-house solutions experts design and build all our clients’ solutions from scratch. This, alongside our established partnerships with leading tech innovators, means UKFast cloud environments are always built upon cutting-edge, enterprise-grade technology to guarantee outstanding performance.

Speed

Most cloud services are controlled by the user. So vast amounts of computing resources can be provisioned in minutes, often at the touch of a button. This makes for quick deployment of resources, meaning you waste less time on setting up new applications and can spend more time on developing your enterprise.

Cloud Hosting FAQ

What is cloud hosting?

Cloud hosting is a means of hosting whereby you pay for compute and storage resources without having to buy any physical hardware. You choose a cloud server with your required vCPU (virtual CPU cores), RAM, storage and extras, and then a virtual machine is made-to-measure and ready for you to use within minutes.

How are cloud servers different to dedicated servers?

  • Virtual vs physical: As cloud servers are virtualised, you don’t need to buy a physical dedicated server or rent space in a data centre. You can get started much faster as there is no physical server (which would need to be built or installed by a data centre engineer).
  • Upfront cost: You only pay for the resources you use, so there’s less CapEx and less potential wastage.
  • Flexibility: Cloud hosting provides excellent scalability and flexibility – as resources can be increased or decreased based on demand.
  • Continuity: When your infrastructure and data is on the cloud, you are generally more resilient when it comes to things like hardware failure. For example, our eCloud platform has built-in redundancy. If the hardware was to fail, then the platform would fail over to functioning hardware with minimal disruption.

Is cloud hosting the same as shared hosting?

The term “shared hosting” usually refers to types of budget web hosting and PaaS, where hundreds of websites could be sharing a finite pool of resources. Public cloud hosting is a step up from this. You still have multiple tenants on the same underlying hardware, but where it differs is that each user on the environment has their own allocated resources.

What this means in practice is that the multi-tenant environment of a public cloud plan can provide a far more consistent and higher-level performance than a typical “shared hosting” plan.

An example of a single-tenant environment would be a private cloud solution. With dedicated compute and storage, private cloud hosting can be true single-tenant, offering a far greater certainty of high performance and isolation.

What is the difference between cloud hosting and web hosting?

Cloud hosting is a broader term used to describe the type of hosting, where web hosting is describing the intended use of the platform.

The term “web hosting” is widely associated with hosting services which are website-ready from the off. While some types of cloud hosting can be website-ready out-of-the-box, it’s not always a given. For example, Infrastructure as a Service is a form of cloud hosting which only includes your server and network infrastructure. This means you might need to manually install your server stack (essential software e.g. Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) to make your platform website-ready.

However, cloud hosting can be the perfect basis for a web hosting platform due to scalability, reliability and relinquishing the need to buy expensive hardware.

We have a range of services to make it quick and easy to get into building or migrating your website on our cloud hosting platform whether you’re on Magento, Wordpress, Drupal or another platform. Please get in touch with our hosting experts for more information.

Who are your cloud hosting services for?

Our clients include businesses of all sizes, developers, designers, public sector organisations and government departments.

What comes included with your cloud hosting?

All our cloud hosting comes with burstable resources, firewalls and 100% uptime. 24/7/365 support, backup and disaster recovery are optional add-ons. Our private cloud includes support and a firewall as standard.

Is my data secure on the cloud?

Data security is paramount at UKFast. Our ISO 27001-certified and PCI-compliant data centres have the highest level of protection from both virtual and physical security threats. We also have a team of security specialists whose job it is to ensure our customers’ data is secure in the ever-evolving cyber-security landscape.

What level of support do you offer?

24/7/365 support is an optional add-on for public cloud. Our private cloud includes support as standard. UKFast support is among the best in the business, boasting the highest NPS (customer relationship) score in the hosting industry. Whether you need expert advice, technical support or account management; rest-assured that your business is in exceptional hands.

Why UKFast?

Unrivalled support

Clients often tell us how their account manager and dedicated pod of technical engineers have become an invaluable extension of their business - and that's what makes our customer service and support award winning. We're here for you 24/7/365 and always answer the phone within three rings, whether you've been using cloud for years or just getting started.

Incredible tech partners

UKFast leverages its fantastic partnerships with leading industry brands to test the latest products and implement the most innovative tech in our own cloud solutions, offering exceptional performance for all cloud environments. Partners include Microsoft, Intel, HPE, Cisco, Citrix, Linux, AWS, Azure, cPanel, Dell, Plesk, Red Hat, Shopware and VMware.

UK-based data centres

Your server is only ever housed in our exclusively UK-based data centres, which are purpose built to provide 100% data sovereignty and the highest standards of availability, security and performance for your business. UKFast data centres are ISO-certified, PCI DSS-compliant and secured to government IL4 standards, so you can rest assured that your data is secure.

Who we work with...

We are a trusted hosting partner for over 5000 clients including huge brands, public sector organisations and agencies who use our platform to host hundreds of client websites, apps and processes.

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