The Alliance Business Cloud is designed to help IT specialists manage Alliance Business Suite instances and their required services such as web, DNS, mail, and other services through a comprehensive and user-friendly GUI called the ABC Portal. The ABC Portal is a hosting control panel built on top of Plesk, an intermediary between system services and ABS instances. For example, when a user creates a website through the ABC Portal GUI, Plesk propagates this request to a web server running IIS, and the latter adds a new virtual host to the system. This method of administering all system services from a single web interface reduces maintenance costs and gives administrators more flexibility and control.
The ABC Portal is an essential instrument for customers, businesses, Alliance Trusted Advisors. Once an instance is provisioned on a server, the ABC Portal enables customers to organize and quickly provision resources and monitor consumption. The customers are companies and individuals who need a strong suite of LOB applications to support their operations in a digital society but do not have the necessary IT infrastructure.
This chapter is intended for people new to the Alliance Business Cloud and has the need to provision an Alliance Business Suite instance, but don´t wanna have to worry about server and database provisioning, dependency configuration & licensing fees. If this is your first time installing an ABS on the Alliance Business Cloud, start here.
Taking your business online through the Alliance Business Cloud has the following benefits (to name just a few):
- Reduced IT costs.
- Increases Scalability.
- Ensures business continuity
- Increases Collaboration efficiency
- Flexibility of work & DevOps and SecOps practices
- Access to automatic updates
- Makes it easy for customers to find your business.
- Advertises your business and provides important information.
- Acts as a convenient feedback form.
- Get's you up and running in no time.
- (New) Free SSL Certificates (Let's Encrypt)
There are a number of ways you can quickly get your company on the Alliance Business Cloud. The Alliance Business Suite can then get your web presence up and running. The Alliance Business Suite may be as simple as a contacts page, or as complex as a large company website with access to an eCommerce+CMS+ERP system on steroids and with superpowers. Getting your business online is as easy as following these three steps:
- Register a domain name.
- Get your free ABS license from https://fenix-alliance.com/licensing.
- Create your ABC Subscription and set your credentials.
These steps are explained in more detail below.
Think of the domain name as your business digital address. Your customers will use it to find you online, so make sure that it is a good one. The best domain names are short, easy to type, and easy to remember. An example of a domain name is www.example.com. Registering a domain name can be done through one of the many organizations called domain registrars. Your hosting provider will usually be able to assist you in registering a domain name as well. Web hosting services are often bundled with domain name registration offers and vice versa.