The Next Cloud Contender?
Lunacloud is a European cloud computing provider and a major player in the IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) market.
Founded in 2011, it has rapidly expanded into this dynamic industry and become a prominent competitor. Most people in the industry were unaware of Lunacloud until December of 2012, when a CloudSpecs performance report showed that Lunacloud outperformed Amazon and Rackspace in RAM performance, DISK performance, and CPU performance. Lunacloud earned a score of 100 (on a scale of 100), while its high-profile competitors scored, on average only 26-40. It was also found to have a total throughput that was more stable than Amazon and roughly twice as fast as Rackspace. All these findings were made even more significant by the fact that Lunacloud is cheaper, in standard configurations, than either of the tested competitors, and this has led many observers to be optimistic about Lunacloud’s chances for future success. Last week, the company has announced a unique offer in the cloud industry, offering for free 1TB external traffic to its cloud servers and 2 free public IP’s per subscription.
Analysts are now projecting that Lunacloud will be one of the major players in the cloud computing industry, both in the areas of IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and PaaS (Platform as a Service).
Today, Lunacloud has operational bases in 5 countries (soon to be 6), and provides services to an additional 63 countries. In addition to its central cloud nodes in Lisbon, Paris, and Moscow (earlier 2015), it also has branch locations in Lisbon, London, Barcelona, Paris and Moscow. Its international reach is made possible by a customer service network that operates simultaneously in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian.
Lunacloud’s major market differentiator is its hourly price policy for cloud servers. Rather than charging a flat annual or monthly rate, the company offers clients the flexibility of an hourly rate without long-term contracts. Hourly rates are placed on a sliding scale based on the specific needs of the client, who has the option to customize the server’s RAM, CPU, and DISK resources as well as its operating system. In general, these hourly rates, calculated across the full period of use, add up to less than the average flat-rate cost for the same service, meaning most clients report that they save money with the hourly rate. Lunacloud also allows seeks to set itself apart by giving its customers full, autonomous control over scaling.
Cloud Servers, however, are just one branch of Lunacloud’s services. The company also offers Cloud Storage and Cloud Jelastic services. The cloud storage branch is fairly straightforward, offering a sliding-scale price based on GB/month and other storage specifications. Analogous to other cloud storage services, Lunacloud’s storage is a basic service for persistent object storage, S3-Compatible
The Cloud Jelastic branch of Lunacloud’s services targets developers and allows them to leave infrastructure management in someone else’s hands so that they con focus on developing their applications. The available infrastructures are highly adaptable based on the client’s specific needs, allowing Lunacloud to reach a broader range of potential customers. Cloud Jelastic’s latest version includes support for multiple nodes of different stacks, automatic horizontal scaling of app servers, and Marketplace expansion. Python and Node.js hosting also introduced to enhance Jelastic’s multi-language PaaS capabilities. The polyglot platform also supports popular programming languages, Java, PHP, and Ruby (.NET will be available soon).
By Gustav Steinhardt