Easy Deployment with Simple Application Server

Alibaba Cloud
5 min readDec 23, 2020

By Shantanu Kaushik

In today’s ever-changing economy and lifestyle, nearly every aspect of the tasks we do is driven or guided by technology. Advancements have fast-tracked the way we all apply time and resources. As a developer, you need tools and resources to work through the challenges and achieve milestones.

Any project has prerequisites that require a well-defined software development lifecycle (SDLC). A properly structured and strategized SDLC can administer productivity and accelerate project success.

Whether you are a developer or a team-strategist, you need to keep yourself updated with the latest tools, trends, and practices of the industry.

Rewind Please

There were times where hosting an application or a standard website was a tedious process. With limited options for domain and hosting space providers, the time-era cost to yield ratio was very low. The costs were high, and the yields were low. Outright reaching customers, developing web applications for specific tasks, and optimizing everything for search engines was practically non-existent.

Business applications were considered to be a feat for a handful of software giants.

Things Changed

The cloud computing era has changed the way certain tasks are handled. The customer-centric solution and reach have made way for an immersive experience altogether. With further advancements in cloud computing, where more viable cloud services providers, like Alibaba Cloud, took to the challenge of evolving the whole cloudscape by introducing task-specific tools and services. With these services, the industry achieved Low Cost — High Yields.

These managed services are backed by tools that are seasoned and tested. Services, such as Web+ and the Simple Application Server (SAS) have revolutionized the way developers and administrators strategize product deployment.

Alibaba Cloud provides different tools and services based on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS). Let’s take a look at the image below learn more about the basic variance:

Simple Application Server (SAS)

Simple Application Server is a service that delivers easier experiences for developers and administrators. It offers a one-stop-answer to all of the queries related to building a private server. Whether you are a beginner or you have industry experience, the Simple Application Server delivers the most simple and effective solution to deploy and manage your applications.

What can you use it for?

  • Building a website or blog
  • Building a knowledgebase directory
  • Building an efficiency management tool
  • Building a forum
  • Building a personal learning environment
  • Building an e-commerce website
  • Creating a development environment

The structure graph below will shed some light on the workflow of SAS:

Using the Simple Application Server, you can:

  • Deploy and manage applications
  • Build your website
  • Setup a domain resolution
  • Maintain and monitor your website and applications

The Alibaba Cloud Simple Application Server (SAS) offers numerous pre-installed application and system images including:

  • WordPress
  • Joomla
  • Drupal
  • LAMP
  • Ghost
  • Aliyun Linux
  • Windows
  • CentOS
  • Debian
  • Ubuntu
  • Open SUSE

The application images include the application, configuration data, runtime environment, and operating system. The system images only contain the operating system. The Simple Application Server (SAS) makes it a matter of clicks for you to deploy any pre-installed image and get on with your work. Similarly, with operating system images, all you are required to do is to account for which applications you wish to use and install them to get to production.


The Simple Application Server uses the Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instances. These I/O-optimized shared instances account for resources like CPUs, memory, OS, storage, network, and other resources required for the application server to work. When it comes to storage, SAS uses the high performing SSD storage for better response time and reliability. Alibaba Cloud’s Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) ensures a safe and reliable network.


The Simple Application Server integrates support for domain name resolution, HTTS encrypted access using CA certificate, and a Virtual Private Cloud.


The table below compares the Simple Application Server, Elastic Compute Service, and Virtual Private Server:

Q & A:

Q. What are the main components of the Simple Application Server?

SAS integrates the core cloud products from Alibaba Cloud, including the Elastic Compute Service (ECS), storage, networking products, like VPC, domain management, Firewall, Images, snapshots, and more. This enables a more defined and stable platform.

Q. What can we use the SAS for?

You can use the Simple Application Server to create websites and blogs, set up forum communities, and build your own environment.

Q. Which regions are supported by the Alibaba Cloud Simple Application Server?

Q. Which browser-based secure connectivity or server connectivity solution does SAS follow?

The Simple Application Server offers Web SSH connection tools that can be used to access the Linux server easily. You can use the console in Linux OS or use a browser in Windows OS to access.

Q. What about backup and recovery?

Each instance in the Simple Application Server is backed up using snapshots. In case of an issue, these snapshots can be easily used for recovery.

Wrapping Up

As the name suggests, the Simple Application Server (SAS) is a simple application server that can be used to get online with your application or service without much provision. SAS is immersive, virtually hassle-free, and takes the place of traditional tools and practices. It is a solution for anyone from beginners to established developers.

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