I’ve been in the industry for a long time, so I understand why the big cloud players want to lock users into predefined configurations of compute, memory, and storage. It helps balance and maximize resources, which optimizes their platform density, and of course brings them higher margins.
But this isn’t best for customers. If I have a cloud server with 2 cores, 4 GB of RAM, and 100 GB of disk, I might just want/need to upgrade one of those resources without upgrading the others. Why would I, as a customer, want to pay 2x more and double all of my resources if I just needed a bit more RAM? This lack of flexibility comes at a cost to consumers and I think it’s beyond time to push back a bit. Don’t settle for the predefined packages that some providers are trying to force on you.
There are other options of course. Look at the cloud server hosting options from OrcsWeb – they’re totally flexible and you can adjust any single resource to fit your needs. Or if you prefer to pay post-use, check out the Performance Cloud hosting solution from SherWeb. BTW – another nice things about the SherWeb solution, beyond flexibility, is their transparency in publishing performance metrics and comparisons so you can not only compare price and configurations, but real-world performance expectations of the platform.
Cloud server consumers – it’s time to stand up for your rights. :)