GreenQloud Offers Cloud Computing Services Powered By Renewable Energy
Like many startups before it, GreenQloud is a cloud computing company that offers a variety of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) products. What sets GreenQloud apart is that it is the first cloud hosting provider to be powered almost entirely by renewable energy.
Most companies that offer environmentally friendly services do so by purchasing carbon offset credits, which are certificates companies buy to allow them to produce greenhouse gases. While this does provide some incentive for businesses to curb their pollution, it still allows for tons of carbon dioxide to be released into the atmosphere. GreenQloud does much more for the environment; the company makes every effort to reduce their carbon emissions and is supported by hydropower and geothermal energy.
GreenQloud was founded in 2010 by Eirikur Sveinn Hrafnsson and Tryggvi Larusson. The company is based in Iceland and is operated by 35 employees. GreenQloud’s location is what allows it to run on renewable energy. Iceland is riddled with hot springs that provide 85% of the country’s electricity.
GreenQloud has four IaaS products it sells to customers: ComputeQloud, StorageQloud, QloudSync, and Qstack. Most of GreenQloud’s applications are developed using open source technologies. Security is a top priority: users are provided with encrypted keys and there is no server sharing or account mixing. Customer service is another top priority: GreenQloud has 24/7 service that responds to support tickets within an average time of only one hour.
ComputeQloud is a virtual server service for communications and offers Linux, Windows and FreeBSD images for use. The product page includes a pricing calculator that allows prospective customers to toggle between the sizes of server (80 GB to 640 GB), number of servers (1 to 10) and outgoing bandwidth (0 GB to 128 GB) to get an instant quote for the exact service that meets their needs.
StorageQloud is a virtual server service focusing on data storage. The product page for StorageQloud also has a pricing calculator with options from 10 GB to 5 TB, with prices at $0.095 per GB/month.
QloudSync is a product for synchronizing folder and file changes in the cloud with computers and mobile devices. QStack enables businesses to run GreenQloud’s software on their own private infrastructure and burst into GreenQloud’s renewable energy powered public cloud when the need arises.
By Adam Ritchie
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