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Comparison: GoGrid Cloud versus Amazon EC2

June 17th, 2008 by - 22,896 views

Note
: The matrix below will be updated shortly in a new post to reflect changes in both EC2 and GoGrid features. (11.11.08)

As GoGrid continues its record breaking sign-ups, we get asked repeatedly how we compare against Amazon’s EC2. While not exactly an apples to apples comparison, there are enough similarities to warrant a few matrices to illustrate the differences.

Feature Comparison Matrix

Feature

GoGrid

Amazon EC2

Instant server deployment
YES
YES
Instant server network scaling
YES
YES
Linux
YES
YES
Static IP address
YES
YES
Windows Server 2003
YES
NO
Microsoft SQL Server
YES
NO
FREE 24/7 phone support
YES
NO
FREE persistent storage
YES
NO
FREE inbound data transfer
YES
NO
FREE hardware f5 load balancing
YES
NO
FREE managed DNS
YES
NO
FREE DoS protection
YES
NO
Service Level Agreement
YES
NO
Graphical User Interface (GUI)
YES
NO
Hardware VLAN segmentation
YES
NO
Multiple IP addresses per server
YES
NO
Standard server images
YES
NO
Volume discounts
YES
NO
Private IP addresses on separate VLAN
YES
NO

While not officially sanctioned by our Product Management team, I added this for good measure.

Deployment Time Comparison

Transfer

GoGrid

Amazon EC2

Linux Server
Less than 5 minutes
More than GoGrid****
Windows Server
Less than 5 minutes
Can’t deploy Windows
Hardware-based Load Balancer
Less than 1 minute
Not available
Ease-of-Use

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**** A bit of humor after watching a long video showing how to deploy EC2 images.

If there is another GoGrid comparison that you would like to see, just leave a comment and we will do our best to post in the future.

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Michael Sheehan

Michael Sheehan, formerly the Technology Evangelist for GoGrid, is a recognized technology, social media, and cloud computing pundit and blogger who writes regularly about technology news and trends.

12 Responses to “Comparison: GoGrid Cloud versus Amazon EC2”

  1. Reginald Henderson says:

    After reading this blog posting and some others on your site prompted me to do some research. Please note that I am a somewhat happy customer of gogrid so far.

    I found this website http://www.enomalism.com.How does this fit into your market? Is this company doing the same thing or are they just making an open source version of gogrid?

  2. Michael says:

    I am curious how users are setting up firewalls to protect their servers in a grid computing scenario. Right now with our Servepath servers we have the hardware firewall add on that protects, but I don’t see any similar option for GoGrid and we are not comfortable with using only a product such as Windows Firewall to protect our servers. For now this is the primary item of concern holding us back from switching to the Grid product, which seems like a great idea and a definite trend for future deployments.

  3. Michael Sheehan says:

    @Michael,
    Great question. A firewall hardware appliance (like the load balancer) is definitely something under consideration. There are other ways to increase security as well through the use of the load balancer and IP and port restrictions on the web servers (e.g., iptables).
    Another option that I haven’t really explored is potentially setting up a low end web-server with a software-based firewall and then routing traffic through that. You could get something like Webmin and an iptables module and manage the routing that way with extreme granularity.
    We are working on some other things that may make this easier in the future though. Thanks for your input.

    @Reginald,
    My understanding of enomalism is that it simply provides a front-end way to control EC2 instances using their API. It’s similar to Eucalyptus in that way.
    They way they fit into the market is that we have build the GUI already and will shortly be offering out the API as well for further control of GoGrid instances.
    Thanks for your comment.

    -Michael

  4. Adam says:

    The windows 2003 instances are great, but is there a confirmed timeline for when windows 2008 server will be available?

  5. Michael Sheehan says:

    @Adam,
    I don’t have an exact date, however I do know that we are currently testing Windows 2008 Server images. Since there are many changes from Windows 2003, this adds to the level of complexity of the testing. Best bet is to subscribe to this blog RSS feed as well as review the GoGrid Wiki (http://wiki.gogrid.com) for more information.
    -Michael

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  9. Brain says:

    What kind of SLA’s gogrid provides?

  10. Michael Sheehan says:

    @Brian,

    The full GoGrid SLA can be viewed here.
    Please let me know if you have any questions.
    -Michael

  11. Mark says:

    On the date 11.11.2008 you indicated you were going to update this feature comparison.
    It is now 20.08.2009.

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