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Cloud Automation

Cloud Automation: What You Need to Know and Why It's Important

Cloud computing is boldly going where no other system has gone before. With so many organizations moving to some type of cloud platform, providers are finding more ways to create the true fully automated cloud environment. Now, we haven't quite reached that point, but we're getting closer.

Within the concept of cloud automation and orchestration are several important layers all working together. Starting at the data center level, the automation process includes technologies which, when combined, can produce some pretty powerful cloud infrastructures.

So, what are those cloud automation layers and why are they important?

Cloud automation

  • What you need to know. True cloud orchestration is being driven by open-source technologies. Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of standardization here yet. But the technology and the development around it is developing very fast. Our automation tools are now being used to automate management functions that previously required a lot of manual intervention. This heavy lifting used to be part of the administrative task. Now it can be completely off-loaded.
  • Why it's important. Yes, it's a newer concept. But this certainly hasn't stopped organizations from diving into the development and testing pool. Remember, your data is critical. And, creating powerful cloud automation services to replicate, secure and quantify your information is critical for you to stay competitive.

The cost of moving to a cloud platform is shrinking, which means more organizations are capable of adopting some type of cloud model. The business drivers to move to the cloud are growing, and cloud providers are looking everywhere to increase efficiency. One great way to do this is our structured and layered cloud automation platform.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: I am totally new to this "website thing". How does the whole process work?
    A: Never fear, that's why we are here. You can learn about our time proven process in our process section.
  • Q: How long has DaSaR Productions been building websites?
    A: DaSaR Productions was founded in 1998 by President + Founder, David van Akkeren. You can learn more on our about page.
  • Q: How much does a website cost?
    A: The cost of a website can vary depending on various factors, just like the cost of a house may vary. Though our website projects generally start in the $1,000 range for basic business sites and range upward depending on your unique needs.
  • Q: How does the payment process work?
    A: The project starts with a 30% deposit. After design sign off and before we move into programming, we collect 35%. Once we have completed and fulfilled our scope, the final 35% is collected and your website is then scheduled for launch.
  • Q: What kind of businesses do you work with?
    A:

    We work with a broad range of company types [small start-ups, large corporations, nonprofits, B2B, B2C and more] across many business industries [technology, food, apparel, health + beauty, camps, travel, finance, arts, fair trade, and more.]

    Over the years, we've helped businesses improve customer service, market their products, and attract customers. Functionality requests range from basic to advanced. Our team takes the time to get to know your industry, organization, and competitors to ensure your site supports all of your goals.

  • Q: How long does it take to build a website?
    A: Our standard websites take approximately 60 days to create. Our E-commerce (online store) websites take approximately 120 days to create. This time will vary from project to project.
  • Q: Who will I work with during the project?
    A: This is a great question to ask and you should ask it of any web design and development firm you are considering. Many firms will farm out work to freelancers or interns. Some firms give little or no access to client's who want to speak directly with their designers or developers. Our clients work directly with our tight knit crew. Who that will be depends on your project needs and what stage of the process you are in during the project.
  • Q: What platform do you build your websites on?
    A: We build all our websites and web applications from scratch on the open-source platform PHP and MySQL.
  • Q: Do you work with other platforms like Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal?
    A: No. We are exclusively a PHP MySQL firm. In choosing to build with one platform over the past 18 years, we have become experts in PHP MySQL and can create extremely custom solutions for our clients.
  • Q: Can you help me write content for my website?
    A: Yes. We can include copy writing and editing in our proposal. We also build your sitemap and help structure the foundation of your website in the planning stages.
  • Q: Can you help me source photos for my website?
    A: Yes. We will help you source stock photos from sites such as www.crestock.com and www.istock.com. We also have photographers and videographers available to produce custom photography and videos for your website.
  • Q: Do I own my website?
    A: YES! Everything that we build will be 100% owned by you. Most of our clients stay with us for the life of the website. Our team is just irresistible that way. But if for any reason you decide you want to take your site to another hosting service and get another company to service the site, we will happily assist you in making the transition as effortlessly and efficiently as possible. The website is yours after all, and we want you to take it wherever you go.
  • Q: Where is my website hosted?
    A: All websites that DaSaR Productions created must live in our servers. However, if at any time you wish to move to a new web firm + web host, we will package up your site at no cost to send to the new firm. Though at that time, we will no longer be able to support your site. The company we use for web hosting is a datacenter called www.siteground.com. We offer data center locations on three continents: North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Thus you can choose the closest one to your visitors to get the best website speed.
  • Q: How is my website backed up?
    A: DaSaR Productions backs up all of our client's websites daily, weekly and monthly on rotation to a 3rd party secure server out of the location of our web server.
  • Q: How much does web hosting cost with DaSaR Productions?
    A: We have simplified are packages for hosting down to two options. Non E-Commerce: $800 per year and E-commerce: $800 to $1,000 per year. All of our hosting packages are un-metered meaning that you will never be charged extra for going over a "limit." There are occasionally instances though if a site creates so much traffic that it may need to live on it's own server. We can help facilitate this if needed, but is extremely rare. Our yearly package also includes the cost of upgraded your site and patching with security fixes when needed as well as occasional and small web site content changes and phone support.
  • Q: Will you provide a full copy/backup of our site if requested?
    A: Yes and at no cost! You 100% own everything that DaSaR Productions creates for you and if requested we will provide a one-time full backup of your website. If additional backups are needed there is a minimal cost of generally $70 for 30 minutes of labor.
  • Q: Is my hosting fee refundable?
    A: Unfortunately we do not offer refunds on our web hosting accounts.