Cloud Hosting Services
Cloud hosting service providers are abundant and varied, with typical structures affording the reliability of virtual partitions, drawing resources externally; secure data centers; scalability and flexibility not limited by physical constraints; pay-per-use costing; and responsive load balancing for changing demands. While high end (and high price) services offer an extensive range of benefits, many users are more than satisfied with the low-end and low-cost services provided.
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The Usual Suspects
Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud and is designed to make web-scale cloud computing easier for developers. Their simple web service interface lets you configure capacity easily, puts you in control of your computing resources, and can be economically scaled up or down. And new AWS customers can get started with Amazon EC2 for free. Take a look at their calculator to estimate your monthly pay-as-you-use bill.
Offering a free trial with $300 to spend on cloud platform products over 60 days, as well as free ongoing light compute services for those who remain in their free quota, Google Cloud Platform offers PaaS, big data solutions, and SQL and NoSQL databases. Their infrastructure is highly scalable and reliable, and users have the choice of computing, mobile and backend solutions, and storage and application services.
Delivering another free cloud hosting tier for light use, Azure allows users to deploy up to ten free sites, or build a mobile service to support up to 500 devices for free. Their free 30-day trial comes with $210 credit to try any combination of Azure resources and is available in all countries where Azure is commercially available. And Azure boasts per minute billing, pay-as-you-use services, as well as just about every facility you can imagine.
This managed cloud company provides users with the choice of hosting on Rackspace’s infrastructure, or through Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services. Promising robust performance, scalability, and simplified management, Rackspace enables over 500 billion page views per year, and though their costing tends to the higher end, they do promise 24x7x365 Fanatical Support®.
The Perfect Match
With the assortment and scale of services on offer, choosing between brands tends to come down to one or two finer details, and here’s where cloud hosting comparison sites play a worthy role. Providing the facility to ferret out appropriate providers based on filters such as price, platform, space requirements, memory, and additional features like auto-scaling and load balancing, comparison sites let you build your ideal model, and then present packages best able to match your requirements.
Identified as an impartial web hosting comparison service, HostMonk offers a range of comparison categories from web hosting, to dedicated hosting, to cloud hosting. Within their cloud hosting section, users are able to distinguish between low-cost servers, pay-as-you-go servers, servers running promotions, and more. And users are able to further narrow their choices by ticking off options such as computational unit requirements, 100% uptime SLAs, and platform prerequisites while limiting cost to one of six price ranges.
Providing information for a range of cloud services, Cloudorado offers to pull all cloud computing services together into a single cloud deployment setup. Users are able to narrow their searches down to specific locations if they wish and are provided with categories of specs for features and management; transfer options; networking; security; support; and more.
The drag and drop interface of this utility lets you quickly and easily find a cloud offer to suit your needs. Boasting cost reductions, improved performance, and feature comparisons, CloudScreener.com asks you a few basic questions about your needs and then uses its library of performance data to provide a list of viable solutions.
They have changed a bit over the years as they are no longer called FindTheBest and now run under the brand name Graphiq.com. They offer a plethora of search options and also provides advanced search features as well as a side-by-side comparison.
By Jennifer Klostermann