Providing significant flexibility, PaaS gives hosting service providers the possibility to group various types of hardware within the confines of a single platform, which allows them to build versatile and complex cloud solutions. Being named environment regions, each of such hardware sets may have a different capacity, pricing, and location, but is still orchestrated via a single infrastructure.
Despite the pretty simple concept, such an approach can bring a variety of advantages, allowing you to choose the most suitable hardware for your app’s hosting, based on:
- geographical location - for getting a better response time and broader services' distribution
- quality & capacity - for adjusting the hosting conditions up to the current needs, e.g. cheaper hardware - for development and testing, a more superior one - for production
- cost - for choosing the most affordable pricing policy based on the budget available
Herewith, alongside selecting the desired hardware set during a new environment creation, the already running project can be subsequently moved to another location. If needed, this can be done in a few clicks - see more details in the Migration between Environment Regions document.
In such a way, you receive impressive flexibility for the organization of your application’s lifecycle and its dissemination policy.
So, read the complete guidance on managing environment regions for your applications below and get the maximum efficiency of this significant feature - find out how to:
Select Environment Region
In case your service hosting provider offers multiple environment regions, you can see the appropriate drop-down list on all of the frames, which are intended to initiate the creation of a new environment:
The only exception is the operation of cloning - in this case, a new environment is created in the same hardware region automatically. However, it can be easily moved to the desired location manually, with the help of the migration option.
- the amount/names/descriptions/parameters of provided regions are defined by each particular hosting provider individually; thus they can vary at different PaaS installations
- upon selecting particular hardware, the environment domain (shown next to the field with its name) may also be changed, depending on the region’s settings
Choose any of the provided regions (it is recommended to find out the details on each of them beforehand) to place your environment there automatically. After creation, you’ll see your new environment appeared at the dashboard being supplied with a special tiny icon assigned for the region:
Upon hovering over it, the appropriate region name is displayed. In such a way, your environments can be quickly differentiated by the region/location.
View Details about Regions
We recommend to getting acquainted with the specifics of each available region in advance to make a choice according to your needs. This information can be viewed in the following ways:
- every region is supplied with a short description right within the list
- clicking on the More details point of the list above redirects you to the Regions tab inside the Quotas & Pricing information window
Here, the detailed info on the provided regions can be found, e.g. a general description with the list of supplied parameters and included features. However, depending on your hosting provider’s settings, this link can lead to a separate site or document page.
- Pricing section of the same frame, the details on the charged resources (RAM/CPU, Disk Space, Traffic and Options tabs) and licensing costs (the Software tab) for every region can be viewed - use the drop-down list at the top to switch between them
If more information on a particular region is required, please contact your hosting provider to get the appropriate assistance. Also, in case you’ve discovered some other location suits your application more, you can easily migrate it and benefit from the new conditions.