About the Post

Author Information

Comparing costs of cloud computing providers

When considering ROI maximization of cloud computing solutions it is crucial to minimize costs of cloud hosting, especially that differences can be very big. Anyone who has tried to compare prices of IaaS providers knows that it is a very tedious task if done manually, since there are different pricing models used, there are subscription plans available, etc. It really requires some time to understand a provider’s pricing model. Probably most of users will give up just after few providers. But there are several ways to deal with this.

Probably the most popular way of finding the cheapest provider is studying articles that try to compare several providers or “which provider is the cheapest” forum questions. These are the most natural way of sharing ones experience but still it is only individuals’ research result and what is the most importantly – matching their needs. Prices of cloud computing are dependent on many factors, like size of a cloud, proportion of resources need (one may have cheap RAM, while other have storage), bandwidth requirements or if you need on demand or subscription instances. So there is no universally cheapest provider but rather cheapest for the particular needs.

A one step further is Cloud Price Calculator. Unlike the name suggests its approach is to define a Cloud Price Normalization index, which is a sum of resources divided by price. Unfortunately it has just several configurations from few providers, which does not cover full space, and you can only provide your own resources with price (which you need to calculate on your own), to get the index calculated so you can compare it to others.

But the ultimate solution may bring Cloudorado – Cloud Computing Comparison Engine. With this service you provide the resources you need on your cloud (RAM, CPU, storage, bandwidth, OS) while it will calculate the cheapest option for each provider and give you the price for each of them. It will even take into account packages or subscription plans, if you provide maximum plan duration. In advanced mode you can also calculate more complicated models with multiple servers, servers not running instantly or tell the engine to find best combination of servers to get a summary of a resource (scale horizontally). This allows you to really compare prices and find the cheapest option for your specific needs.

Also an interesting option is recently described Python library to calculate cloud costs. It takes the required resources either from monitoring tools or from a specified usage simulation. In this way you can calculate price on your historical data or simulate the future load. Unfortunately you will need to manually program the library and what is probably even more limiting – currently it will calculate costs only for Amazon and Rackspace.

There is couple of ways of finding the cheapest cloud provider. Regardless the way you choose – manual calculations, articles or any way of automatic price calculation (Cloudorado or the Python library) keep in mind that there is no universally cheapest cloud provider but the cheapest providers for specific needs. And take it really seriously – difference between the cheapest and the most expensive can easily exceed 10x while the cheapest provider in one configuration might be the most expensive in another!


Tags: , , , , , ,

10 Responses to “Comparing costs of cloud computing providers”

  1. It’s useful.
    Many thanks.

    Interboy

    August 2, 2011 at 11:09 Reply
  2. Looking to move existing tech to cloud, any suggestions?

    October 19, 2011 at 00:13 Reply
  3. http://www.carandtruckbuyingguide.com looking for a cloud co to handle transfer.

    October 19, 2011 at 00:14 Reply
    • Hi Dani,

      Continu Data Services can help you plan and execute a complete migration to the cloud for you. We can help you thru the decision making process, develop the correct IAAS build for you (private cloud, vs public, storage options, DR, etc) and host in our Tier2 data centers.

      give me a call at 866-227-1168

      Craig

      October 27, 2011 at 01:53 Reply
  4. Using a cloud cost calculator sometimes can push the cost of a high end cloud server to be over $1000/month. A more economic way to get high end cloud servers is to use some cloud server providers’ package deal.

    November 15, 2011 at 12:10 Reply
  5. A person necessarily lend a hand to make critically posts I’d state. This is the first time I frequented your website page and to this point? I amazed with the research you made to create this actual submit amazing. Great process!

    January 11, 2012 at 03:31 Reply
  6. Very great post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing on your rss feed and I hope you write once more very soon!

    March 20, 2012 at 17:08 Reply
  7. I will immediately seize your rss feed as I can not find your email subscription hyperlink or e-newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Please permit me recognize in order that I may subscribe. Thanks.

    July 27, 2012 at 23:03 Reply

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Windows Azure and Cloud Computing Posts for 8/1/2011+ - Windows Azure Blog - August 1, 2011

    [...] Okraszewski described resources for Comparing prices of cloud computing providers in an 8/1/2011 post to the Cloud Computing Economics [...]

  2. Research group digest – ulno.net - August 2, 2011

    [...] Comparing prices of cloud computing providers When considering ROI maximization of cloud computing solutions it is crucial to minimize costs of cloud hosting, especially that differences can be very big. Anyone who has tried to compare prices of IaaS providers knows that it is a very tedious task if done manually, since there are different pricing models used, there are subscription [...] [...]

Leave a Reply