Preparing for productivity¶
Before you begin performing useful work on a cloud server or any server, your first activities on that server should to ensure that it is secure, running necessary software, and regularly backed up. These are good practices in or out of the cloud.
Because you probably chose to use cloud computing to deal with a rapidly changing workload, it's important for you to begin two additional good practices now to prepare you to recognize and respond to usage peaks:
- Establish a monitoring protocol to alert you to unusual events
- Establish scaling policies to enable your configuration to grow as needed
Securing your own server and establishing your own backups provides a layer of protection that you can control, in addition to the protection provided by Rackspace's reliable infrastructure. You can read about our infrastructure at Global Infrastructure and Uptime Guarantee. To perform some test interactions, click the name of one of the data centers shown on that page.