Choosing a cloud provider



  • About 75% of the people I talk to use Amazon Web Services, 15% of the remaining is Azure, and the rest is split up by Google Compute Engine, Digital Ocean, and Rackspace.

    I haven't gotten a chance to compare AWS to Digital Ocean, but there is a huge price difference between the two (AWS being way more expensive).

    If you're using AWS, Azure, DO, etc, why did you specifically choose them over a competitor? If there are very differing features, what were those?



  • We use Hostway and are looking to get out of them.



  • We mostly use DO, Vultr, RS and Linode:

    Vultr: Let's us load ISOs and has SATA options for large storage cases.
    Linode: Our new default for Linux workloads.
    DO: Our backup vendor for Linux workloads.
    Rackspace: Being phased out or used for special cases (customer requests), too costly and slow for most cases. We would use for Windows use cases, but we no longer run Windows.

    Azure: Have had quite bad luck with it and very expensive. Don't use.
    AWS: Very good, but takes way too much work for an SMB. I've used it extensively in large shops. It's the best, but not SMB applicable in most cases.


  • Banned

    OVH. Have a try of them.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Choosing a cloud provider:

    We mostly use DO, Vultr, RS and Linode:

    Vultr: Let's us load ISOs and has SATA options for large storage cases.
    Linode: Our new default for Linux workloads.
    DO: Our backup vendor for Linux workloads.
    Rackspace: Being phased out or used for special cases (customer requests), too costly and slow for most cases. We would use for Windows use cases, but we no longer run Windows.

    Azure: Have had quite bad luck with it and very expensive. Don't use.
    AWS: Very good, but takes way too much work for an SMB. I've used it extensively in large shops. It's the best, but not SMB applicable in most cases.

    Just a short breakdown, why is DO your backup and Linode your primary? Any specific benefits of Linode or set back of DO?

    What specifically makes AWS the best? Just a few things about it...



  • @BBigford said in Choosing a cloud provider:

    Just a short breakdown, why is DO your backup and Linode your primary? Any specific benefits of Linode or set back of DO?

    Power for the price. Linode is the faster platform that we have tested and is just amazing. We used to use DO, it's great, but once we found Linode that's where we put our workloads. ML is on Linode.



  • @BBigford said in Choosing a cloud provider:

    What specifically makes AWS the best? Just a few things about it...

    Speed, reliability, features, flexibility, security. No one comes close.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Choosing a cloud provider:

    @BBigford said in Choosing a cloud provider:

    Just a short breakdown, why is DO your backup and Linode your primary? Any specific benefits of Linode or set back of DO?

    Power for the price. Linode is the faster platform that we have tested and is just amazing. We used to use DO, it's great, but once we found Linode that's where we put our workloads. ML is on Linode.

    Ah, I do remember you did a comparison on speed now that I think about it. Thanks



  • Another option I could say is the OneCloud Hypervisor (OCH) from HTBase:

    [www.htbase.com/och](link url)

    It gives you the capability of doing different things:

    - Virtualize cloud servers: So instead of creating 8 servers in AWS with 10GB of memory, you can get 1 server with 100GB of memory and create your virtual machines in that one AWS server. Just by doing that, you save around 40-45% on the cloud costs

    - Live migration: With OCH, you can do live migration between your private environment and the public cloud provider as well as between public cloud providers. That gives you the freedom to move your VMs whenever you have better performance or price. Getting out that lock on "which vendor should we go with"

    When you do live migrations of your VMs, OCH moves the VM completely (network, compute and storage) so you dont need to make any changes to your VM to make it work

    OCH can be run between your private environment and public cloud, building a hybrid cloud environment or just purely in the cloud

    Happy to provide more info



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  • @Breffni-Potter said in Choosing a cloud provider:

    OVH. Have a try of them.

    I currently use OVH personally and its been great. 8+ months with no issues.



  • @tiagom in our case, its OCH ! hehe

    OVH would not allow you to virtualize public cloud servers and do live migrations between private and public and between public cloud providers


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