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.
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 data center 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.
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.