Cloud hosting

Started by arhimed, Jul 07, 2022, 07:36 AM

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Colleagues, does anyone have experience in the windows  cloud ("cloud hosting" from Amazon, Azure, etc.)?


If it's relevant for someone else, then I use Cloud4Y cloud hosting.
The support is excellent, I have not observed any failures in work for 7 months.
It is also very convenient that it is possible to increase the size of resources by moving the slider in the control panel at any time of the day.


The big advantage of cloud hosting, at least for me, is that I pay only for server resources and with a small number of visitors, the fee decreases accordingly. For newly launched sites - not promoted, this is especially true. I personally use the cloud in HostGator.

Xavier Campbell

Used for two years (12 free + 12 paid) cloud hosting from AWS (Amazon). Looking ahead, I want to say that I was satisfied with the service and servers, but they have a minus - it is very difficult to find the right product in the AWS toolkit. Yes, for those who have a difference in what space to store data - a regular cloud or using blockchain technology, it will be incredibly comfortable, but the average user does not care, the main thing is that access is 24/7 and the response is fast. For the entire period of use, there were no incidents with a fall or unavailability of the cloud.


Using Azure means that you have access to the fastest communication channels.
The infrastructure of Microsoft datacenters is one of the best in the world, and the screenshot above with the results of speed testing for a virtual machine with Server located in Production in Azure speaks for itself.

Amazon and Microsoft aren't the only ones performing in the virtual machine arena in the cloud. Some time ago, RackSpace and many small vendors like SoftSys, PayPerCloud and MyHosting came into play. I'm not writing that to somehow belittle these guys, because I have little experience with SoftSys, but they simply cannot compete with Azure in two main aspects: the number of functions provided and the price. In these two aspects, Microsoft and Amazon are leading the way.
Of course, Google launched Compute Engine. But, since they only support virtual machines on Linux, and even with certain boot issues, I don't consider Google as a serious player. While. In my opinion, the service needs to add support for virtual machines running Windows in order to compete with Azure and EC2.

The good old price war? Nothing like this:

I am not one of those who assess companies by value alone – I know that there are many more factors that play a role in comparing quality. But today budgets play a role, and when the quality bar is the same, they look at budgets.
So, Microsoft must retain Amazon if they want to turn the developing Azure into a service that everyone will use. Just as Microsoft beat the price of Exchange providers with its Office 365, I think that an arena of virtual infrastructure services was created, in which there are only two players – Amazon and Microsoft.

This helps Microsoft to keep the pricing bar the same or lower than Amazon EC2 and S3. With its recent decision to reduce prices by 20-35 percent, Microsoft gives the technical community confidence that the corporation wants to level the market – based on functionality, not price. that helped my clients to consider Azure as a viable competitor.

But comparing the prices of Amazon and Microsoft is still a painful task. The Amazon EC2 site is so clumsy that there is one page describing prices and comparative tables of services, to understand the characteristics of which you need to go back to the page describing the types of virtual machine instances. It looks like Amazon wants to create a cloud of misunderstanding.

The Azure cost calculator, in contrast, is simple to such an extent that it is enough to use a web form that calculates the cost of the services used on the fly, depending on the number of virtual machines selected based on the required performance. At the same time, you can mix and compare Windows and Linux deployments, add SQL instances, and so on. Simple, fast, clear – I, as a technical specialist and as a client, appreciate when companies use KISS.

Purely on price positions, Microsoft is stepping on Amazon's prices enough for it to be worth noting. For Amazon, US East prices were used as the lowest prices for Amazon services in the USA.