Hostway Cloud Delivers On-the-Fly Scalability for Neowin’s Minecraft Server

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Keeps gameplay going without disruption despite rapid growth & traffic fluctuations, demonstrating ability of Hostway’s Cloud hosting service to support unpredictable loads.

Cloud hosting provider Hostway Corporation has kept Minecraft gameplay going full-blast 24/7 for technology news website Neowin despite traffic spikes and a rapidly growing user base, thanks to the easy on-demand scalability of Hostway’s FlexCloud Server cloud hosting platform. The ability to scale up or down on the fly has enabled Neowin to keep hundreds of gamers digging, building, and exploring the open-ended virtual worlds they create out of Minecraft’s trademark cubes without disruption during peak gaming periods.

Neowin’s experience with its recently launched Minecraft server highlights the value of Hostway’s Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud hosting offering for startups, high-growth SMBs, and organizations with seasonal or unpredictable traffic patterns.

Hostway’s FlexCloud architecture enables customers to add CPUs, memory and disk storage at any time – all independently – to optimize the performance of their application or website. This eliminates the expense of adding unnecessary resources while also providing near-instant scalability in response to fluctuating demand. Configuration changes can be made simply by logging into the Hostway cloud portal.

Outsourcing server infrastructure to Hostway also frees up in-house IT resources to pursue strategic initiatives rather than spending time on routine maintenance.

“When we introduced our Minecraft server in March, we started with 20 users for initial load testing and then opened the door to everyone in the Neowin community. Suddenly we had hundreds of registered users, large groups of gamers pounding on the server concurrently, 2GB map sizes, and the traffic peaks and valleys you would expect with any game,” said Brad Sam, Managing Editor for Neowin. “With Hostway’s ability to scale resources up or down as needed, we have been able to meet demand without missing a beat.”

Neowin’s Minecraft server is currently running on a single FlexCloud Server running Microsoft Hyper-V to control virtual-machine resources. Hostway provides a 100% server uptime guarantee, a high redundancy/high availability environment, enterprise-class storage, and utility-based billing with hourly and monthly pricing options.

Hostway also provides complimentary Windows OS licensing, no charge consultation, 2000 free GB of bandwidth per month per account, 40 GB of free managed backup per server, and the ability to log into the Hostway portal from any laptop to provision resources remotely.

“Neowin’s Minecraft deployment illustrates a key benefit of cloud hosting: the ability to augment services on the fly to accommodate growing or fluctuating business needs,” said Aaron Hollobaugh, VP of Marketing at Hostway. “In this case, we’re talking about serving a gaming community where lack of elasticity would be an inconvenience, but in other cases, the ability to add resources when necessary is business-critical. We have global customers who use our FlexCloud Server platform to move in-house business software and other production applications to the cloud for that reason, as well as to avoid hardware-related capital outlays, relieve IT staff of non-core responsibilities, and facilitate disaster recovery.”

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Hostway Corporation is a leader in Cloud, Hybrid, and Managed Hosting. Hostway delivers reliable, secure, and scalable Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solutions to over 600,000 customers worldwide. Hostway services its clients from more than 250,000 square feet of state-of-the-art data center space, spanning four continents and 12 countries. Hostway has emerged as one of the largest cloud hosting and Infrastructure-as-a-Service providers in the world due to the company’s expertise in developing secure, multi-tenant hosting environments and is committed to providing SMB's and large enterprises with cost effective business solutions. Hostway’s core products include Managed Hosting,Cloud Hosting, and Email and Applications.

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