I plan to open a subscription based website that will be video and image heavy. I have the video and image hosting sorted using Amazons S3 and CDN. now, I will still need a main server to host php/html files and the mysql database.

My question is, is there a scalable solution (that has redundancy incase of spikes) to replace my main server so that I can still server my php and sql processes, but have it's resources increase on demand like the Amazon S3 service does for static files?

Thank you!

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Yes, they are called VPS; virtual private servers. At our company, HostGator's VPS serve us well, and they're cheaper than alternatives.


Edit: You can change resources on demand, increasing and decreasing, without any modification from your part.

Oh, and by the way, if you need a really good service, there's Rackspace Cloud Servers. They're not exactly cheap though ;). However, if you can afford them, you won't regret this.

  • Are there any Europe based services?
    – Anonymous
    Oct 16, 2010 at 20:16
  • Both HostGator and Rackspace have data centers around the world to tackle latency. I think Rackspace are better than HostGator about this.
    – Christian
    Oct 16, 2010 at 20:22
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    Linode.com have servers based in London.
    – Rwky
    Oct 16, 2010 at 20:23

VPSes aren't going to scale in the same way that you're thinking of (hand-off). VPSes are just virtualized servers... you still have to manage them like any other server.

If you want a managed server, those are expensive, but will be more hands-off.

I recommend you evaluate this service though: http://phpfog.com/. If you've heard of Heroku in the Ruby webapps world, it's like that but for PHP.


On AWS you can also find scalable cloud hosting solutions. But on such a IaaS (Infastructure as a Service) provider you have to take care of some sysadmin stuff yourself. You might be better advised with a PaaS (Platform as a Service). This is a kind of abstraction layer on top of cloud technology – simplifying things for you.

We are currently developing such a service for developers in Europe ourselves. We have just posted a comparison of different providers here:

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