What is a sandbox environment ?
The modern digital landscape is evolving faster than ever before, which makes it essential that the move from concept to production is as smooth and fast as possible. This means that a dedicated environment for testing and development is vital for growing organisations, regardless of the nature of their digital products and solutions. But what is the most effective way of implementing such an environment, without it becoming prohibitively expensive and time-consuming to maintain? A VPS sandbox provides the answer…
A sandbox is any isolated digital environment, designed for the development and testing of new products and solutions. Crucially, this environment – whether it is based on physical or virtual servers – is completely isolated from the rest of an infrastructure, allowing for complete flexibility during the development of a new product, without any risk to a business’ core infrastructure, or its sensitive customer data.
Why consider virtual private servers for your sandbox environment ?
When bringing any new product or solution to life, there are three key elements to consider: agility, security, and cost control. Utilising a VPS server to host your sandbox environment delivers all three. You enjoy the isolation and dedicated resources of a bare-metal server, combined with the value and flexibility of the cloud. This makes it an ideal choice for organisations ranging from ambitious start-ups to those ready to take their first steps onto the global stage.
Three steps for moving from concept to production with a VPS sandbox
A cloud-based VPS allows you to design and deploy your own secure, fully-isolated development environment in just a few clicks. Once it is launched, you can start the development process straight away, configuring your sandbox in whatever way your project requires, adding new resources (such as additional storage and disk space) wherever and whenever they are needed.
With a VPS sandbox, you are free to conduct the most intensive tests on your new product or solution, safe in the knowledge that your production infrastructure will remain unaffected throughout. This will help you establish the highest standard of security, and ensure your solution delivers the highest standard of performance on all operating systems.
Once the testing phase has been completed, the flexibility of virtual private server hosting means your sandbox environment can be updated to work as a proof of concept for key stakeholders and potential customers. And once it is ready to launch, the new product can be smoothly and securely migrated to its production environment.
Getting the most out of your VPS sandbox
Ask the right questions before selecting a hosting plan
When it comes to deploying your own ideal sandbox environment, the choice of hosting provider is a key part of your success. This means you must consider your options carefully, and be ready to ask questions before making a decision. For example, with a VPS, location is key to optimal performance and high availability, so ask where your VPS can potentially be located, and choose the datacentre closest to your own infrastructure.
Furthermore, you will almost certainly want to make use of multiple operating systems during your development process. Fortunately, the best VPS hosting solutions are ideal for this, and should come with a range of industry-standard operating systems ready to launch – including both Windows and Linux systems. You are also free to switch between them via reinstallation. Be sure to ask what operating systems are available for launch before settling on a provider.
Consider how you will scale in the future
As your projects approach their launch date, it’s essential that you consider how they will scale – during both development and production. OVHcloud’s VPS sandbox solution was designed with this in mind, allowing you to add resources with one click, via the OVHcloud Control Panel. Not only does this provide you with maximum scalability for your sandbox environment as your projects evolve, it allows you to maintain complete control of your costs throughout, as you only pay for the resources you need, when you need them. Furthermore, when you are ready to launch, you can easily migrate to OVHcloud Public Cloud hosting or a dedicated server, retaining the same level of control and flexibility, while enjoying the full power of OVHcloud’s global network and cutting-edge hardware.
Back up everything !
One of the key advantages of VPS servers is the ability to quickly deploy new resources on an as-needed basis. This flexibility extends to its storage capabilities, as additional storage volumes can be added via the OVHcloud Control Panel at any time, along with facilities for automatic backups. This way, you can enjoy complete peace of mind throughout every stage of your project lifecycles, with the ability to restore any previous version of a work-in-progress solution with a single click.
* For VPS hosted in Sydney and Singapore : 1TB traffic/month for the VPS range “Starter” and “Value”, 2TB/month for the VPS range “Essential”, 3TB/month for the VPS range “Comfort” and 4TB/month for the VPS range “Elite” . Bandwidth is reduced to 10Mbps once the monthly quota is exceeded.