Considering a new hosting solution? Cloud web hosting services are becoming the standard for hosting websites and web applications. Cloud hosting provides scalability, cost, processing, and distribution efficiencies. Current hosting providers are all jumping on board and we can expect to see competition for the market continue to increase.
Advanced Pricing Comparison Tool
Ideas International has released a tool 12/5/2011 to help with competitive pricing of cloud solutions. This allows one to perform a direct comparison of providers side by side in a great format. It makes the decsion making process incredibly easy.
Factors for rank:
- Size of network
- Service Level Agreement (SLA)- Assurance of proper system resource allocation with a distributed environment.
- RackSpace Cloud
- Amazon Web Services
- RightScale - Amazon Reseller designed for large online applications
- NTT Communications
- Cloud.bg - located in Bulgaria
- VPS Net
- Relia Cloud
- Monitoring- Cloudkick
Drupal based cloud services
For those with server administration expertise that are looking for a more affordable solution, look to the below providers. We currently utilize Rackspace's Cloud offering. The downside to this is the need for configuration, maintenance, and administration. A free alternative for Drupal based cloud hosting is Drupal Gardens. It utilizes Acquia's enterprise level hosting architecture.
Further detail on cloud hosting http://www.webhostingsecretrevealed.com/web-hosting-knowledge/a-brief-on-cloud-hosting/
Cloud providers Review:
http://www.gartner.com/technology/media-products/reprints/terremark/1686...(They no longer allow free access)
http://www.cloud-hosting-providers.com/reviews/cloud-bg-cloud-hosting-reviews/ - Issue with this ranking - new services are getting high rankings that may not deserve due to a low number of reviews.
A comparison of Amazon Web Services and RackSpace: http://www.rackspacecloud.com/cloud_hosting_products/servers/compare
Amazon Cloud vs. Traditional hosting via GoDaddy: