This week, InformationWeek published an extremely handy IaaS Buyer’s Guide designed to help companies navigate the complex airspace of cloud computing, specifically the Infrastructure-as-a-Service marketplace. The Guide covers 9 IaaS providers, including GoGrid, that each submitted responses to a questionnaire about their service offerings. InformationWeek then compiled and categorized those responses in this easy-to-understand Guide. You can find the full Guide (behind a registration wall) here.
Topics covered in the Guide include:
- CPU & Memory
- Operating Systems
- Database Software Needs
- Redundancy/Data Center Needs
- Additional VM Features
- Security & Compliance
- Support & SLA
- Additional Services
A few things have changed since GoGrid was originally interviewed, and we wanted to provide updated information for some of these categories.
CPU & Memory
We continue to provide a wide range of configurations for our Cloud Servers, in fact, the widest range of all surveyed IaaS providers. RAM allocations are (in GBs) 0.5, 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, and 24, with Cores directly mapping to the amount of RAM.
The Guide recommends that interested customers contact the IaaS vendor regarding the types of storage solutions available. We provide two types of storage solutions:
- Persistent (Instance) – Storage is tied directly to the cloud server. If the server needs to be restarted, the data is preserved. The amount of persistent storage is directly associated with the RAM allocation on the server (the more RAM, the more persistent storage).
- Cloud – Dynamically scalable cloud storage that can be attached to cloud servers using SCP, SAMBA/CIFS, and RSYNC.
It’s important to highlight that GoGrid supports various editions of Windows Server 2003 & 2008 as well as a variety of Linux distributions (CentOS, Debian, RHEL, & Ubuntu). A key GoGrid differentiator is that we charge the same for Windows and Linux while other providers frequently charge more for Windows servers. Carefully review other providers’ pricing details before making a decision to ensure you won’t be charged a premium for Windows.
The Guide also mentions “specialized” VMs (virtual machines) that have applications and operating systems pre-installed. With GoGrid, you can provision “bare” cloud servers with just the operating system, or you can select from a variety of Partner or Community Server Images (called PGSIs or CGSIs) that have applications and server solutions built-in. The GoGrid Exchange has a variety of such solutions available. We also have several Microsoft SQL Server images, some with associated monthly licensing costs.
Redundancy/Data Center Needs
GoGrid currently has 3 data centers worldwide (San Francisco, CA, Ashburn, VA, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands), with others slotted to come online in the future. We also offer a unique service called CloudLink – a private, dedicated, un-metered network connection between our US data centers. CloudLink is an ideal solution for customers that want to set up failover and redundant solutions across multiple data centers.
GoGrid also has your private networking needs covered with free private networking within data centers. All inbound traffic remains free as well, a service with which we originally launched. Plus, we’ve simplified our bandwidth pricing using a tiered approached, and we even throw in the first 1 GB for free.
When GoGrid was first surveyed, we had RAM-based pricing in place. Recently, however, we adopted an even simpler pricing schema based on the size of the VM being deployed, from a 0.5 GB (X-Small) server with hourly pricing of $0.04, monthly prepaid of $18.13, semiannual at $99.69, and annual at $181.25, to the XXX-Large instance (24 GB RAM) at $1.92 per hour. We changed our pricing to ensure that the costs associated with infrastructure are as easy to understand as our service. We’ve also posted an article that helps you plan optimizations of your server workloads using a mixture of annual, monthly, and hourly servers.
Don’t worry: You aren’t going to have to piece together complicated pricing scenarios. You only need to focus on servers, bandwidth, and storage options. That’s it.
SLA & Support
As InformationWeek’s Guide points out, GoGrid has one of the most robust SLAs in the cloud industry, offering 10,000% credits based on what you paid during an outage.
And watch out for those hidden support costs. To stay true to our mantra of “complex infrastructure made easy™,” we provide FREE 24x7x365 support.
Use the Guide
We encourage you to do a detailed comparison between the vendors listed in the IaaS Buyer’s Guide using the checklist provided to verify, validate, and discuss solutions with your potential cloud partner. And of course, we sincerely hope you’ll choose GoGrid as that partner.
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