Cloud Server and Cloud Storage right now has quite good competition. Appropriately it can be compared with virtual marketplace. Here is overview of Cloud Market. The major target of this article is to represent the giants, right now playing on Cloud Server and Cloud Storage segment.
Understanding the situation of Cloud Server and Cloud Storage Market
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is one of the most important segments in the market for cloud computing. The best deals for the clients can be found in this segment. Billing for the companies listed here for Cloud Server and Cloud Storage services are mostly based on the pay as you go model. You as a customer therefore need to pay only for resources.
Current Cloud Server and Cloud Storage Market
Amazon Web Services : Amazon Web Services mainly provides public Cloud Server and Cloud Storage services. Among the AWS services there are currently Amazon EC2 and Amazon S3. Amazon EC2 is a purely virtual environment for providing Cloud Server and computing resources which can be drawn from the pool of so-called virtual instances as needed. Amazon S3 on the other hand, provides a scalable storage infrastructure within the AWS and can be used as a single cloud storage or in combination with the other AWS services. There is no minimum fee.
IBM : IBM Smart Business Development and Test Cloud provides the companies and developers an environment of Cloud Server (virtual server) available according to need. There is x86 cloud solutions and software from IBM which is remarkable as most Cloud Server and Cloud Storage services uses x64 based platform. There is one month free trial and Open Beta programs.
The Rackspace Cloud : Highly scalable Cloud Server and Cloud Storage options ; Private, Public, Hybrid, Database, DNS, Loadbalancer – almost all services are available from The Rackspace Cloud with their branded “Fanatical Support”. There is one month free trial and often Open Beta program runs. Billing is based on the plan, hourly or monthly pay as you go model is available for both Cloud Server and Cloud Storage.
Fujitsu : Fujitsu is for a different category of clients. The resources are provided as Private Cloud, which can double up as Plain Virtual Server or rather Cloud Server, Dedicated Server or Secure Web Server. Furthermore, Cloud Server are available with middleware and other application services.
Hewlett-Packard (HP) : Somewhat like Fujitsu, HP’s main target is Enterprise Cloud. With private cloud as a service model, the targatted approach of HP with Cloud Server and Cloud Storage services are quite flexible.
Conclusion on Cloud Server and Cloud Storage
We have deliberately avoided some providers of Cloud Server and Cloud Storage to list due to our lack of scope to test their infrastructure of Cloud Server and Cloud Storage. It is notable that, The Rackspace Cloud is the only company, who is basically a Cloud Computing company, whereas others have other long running business. It is better to look for the options of API, resources, customer base, excellence, customer support etc. for choosing any Cloud Server and Cloud Storage service. Service Level Agreement (SLA) is always an important point for Cloud Computing, its true for Cloud Server and Cloud Storage services as well.