Another cloud host has ramped up its high-performance virtual server offering. This week, Infinitely Virtual announced a new Virtual Terminal Server - Premium (EDU) plan, which is tailored for the education market.

As noted on our sister site Talkin' Cloud, the plan is structured according to five tiers, ranging from "Gold" to "Diamond+." Pricing starts at $8.53 per user per month, and the service for the most basic package provides two cores, 1 GB of RAM and 20 GB of storage. The highest tier—which would be "Diamond+"—offers eight cores, 8 GB of RAM and 60 GB of storage.

Virtual Terminal Server - Premium (EDU), which is "targeted at academic institutions, from pre-K through the graduate and post-graduate levels," according to Infinitely Virtual, is only part of a larger offering tailored for academic customers. The company is in the midst of developing those solutions in their entirety; the latest service comprises the second of what will eventually be four education-market plans.

Infinitely Virtual's strategy for setting itself apart from cloud-hosting competitors revolves largely around deployment and support services. Adam Stern, CEO, Infinitely Virtual, boasts that "our engineers can get users up and running in less than a day," and the company guarantees 100 percent uptime for its servers.

The cloud-hosting market is a tight one, and Infinitely Virtual faces stiff competition from other providers that enjoy even greater economies of scale. Combined with high-performance virtual servers, however, solid customer service directed at the academic market may well be a way for the company to carve out a different niche for itself, where it will face less direct competition from larger hosts.