Welcome!

Related Topics: @CloudExpo, Containers Expo Blog

@CloudExpo: Article

Cloud Computing Update: ServePath Claims To Have the First Windows Cloud

Company positions it as "the first real alternative" to the mighty Amazon's EC2

Based on Xen, GoGrid offers users point-and-click deployment of any of, oh, maybe, 30 different virtual server images from a cute web-based graphical dashboard (that you can see for yourself here.
 
The servers include a collection of CentOS and Red Hat configurations but it’s the Windows 2003 and SQL 2005 servers that ServePath expects to get the most mileage out of. And in any case F5 hardware load balancing is thrown in for free for the sake of scalability and redundancy.
 
The company figures the way it’s designed makes GoGrid more like the dedicated servers or collocation experience that most IT folk are comfortable with than Amazon with its API-only interface and modified Amazon Machine Images.
 
GoGrid’s automated AJAX-based multi-server control panel is where the virtual servers are added, managed, destroyed and load balanced, and where both CPUs and RAM are tweaked. Once a server is configured, however, you can’t reconfigure it, suspend it (at least not without paying – at least for now) or back it up and you can’t see which component you connected to which component.
 
Linux servers and stacks are available pre-configured with MySQL, Apache, PHP, Ruby on Rails, Capistrano, Mongrel and PostgreSQL. And both Linux and Windows can be a QuickStart Facebook Server. Windows can be had with IIS and ASP.NET as well as SQL.
 
Provisioning a server is supposed to take less than five minutes and the user is supposed to have full administrative control. Provisioning of course is one thing and setting the darn thing up is another. How long setup takes depends on how quickly you’re ready with the answers to the questions.
 
But there’s free 24x7 technical support and GoGrid’s SLAs promise 100% uptime.
 
Pricing is based on the amount of RAM and CPUs deployed and the time you use the system. Internet data transfer is packaged separately; outbound data costs 50 cents a gigabyte; inbound is free.
 
There are no set-up fees or long-term contracts.
 
GoGrid uses what are called Server RAM-hours to calculate charges, a Server RAM-hour being 1GB of RAM deployed for an hour. There are pay-as-you-go billing plans – you can see the charges in real-time on the dashboard – and pre-paid plans, which start at $99 a month.
 
A server with 1GB of RAM and 60GB of storage would run 19 cents an hour. One with 512MB RAM and 30GB of storage would cost 9.5 cents an hour and a 2GB one with 120GB of storage would cost 38 cents an hour.
 
GoGrid is a tiny bit cheaper than Amazon whose small, large and extra large standard instances run 10 cents an hour, 40 cents an hour and 80 cents an hour, respectively.
 
GoGrid, which plans to add 4GB and 8GB increments, thinks it’s an apples-to-apples comparison. It’s not.
 
Amazon’s so-called Compute Units are much larger. Its small default instance, for example, specs out at 1.7GB of memory, 1 EC2 Compute Unit (1 virtual core with 1 EC2 Compute Unit), 160GB of instance storage. Above the floor Amazon’s platforms are 64-bit and Intel or AMD. All of GoGrid’s platforms are 32-bit Xeons and you get an eighth of a core.
 
But Amazon doesn’t do Windows; it doesn’t have a GUI; it charges $72 a month for load balancing, $500 a month for support and 10 cents/GB for inbound data.
 
GoGrid calculates that – assuming 100GB of outbound data (and in Amazon’s case 10GB on inbound data) – the total cost for 30 days with load balancing and support runs $68 at GoGrid and $662 at Amazon.
 
GoGrid will start supporting Windows Server 2008 in July or thereabouts. It also expects to let people use their own server images in time. It’s working on snapshot backup and restore, 64-bit support and an API to customize and develop applications on the system.
 
ServePath, a six-year-old managed hoster out of San Francisco that Deloitte figures is one of the fastest-growing companies in America, has what it thinks is the very first Windows cloud in creation, and is positioning it as "the first real alternative" to the mighty Amazon's EC2. The widgetry, which had been in public beta since late last summer, is called GoGrid and ServePath says it's been working on it for the last two years.

More Stories By Maureen O'Gara

Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

Comments (2) View Comments

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


Most Recent Comments
Michael Sheehan 07/25/08 03:00:09 PM EDT

GoGrid was in private beta during that time. I don't want to split hairs here though.

We do, however, offer both Windows and Linux cloud servers at the same price, a definite first! There is no extra charge for Windows instances. I believe that FlexiScale charges extra.

Thanks for keeping everyone honest!

Christine Gupta 06/16/08 05:03:30 AM EDT

Sorry to burst GoGrid's bubble, but it's not the first to support Windows. FlexiScale has been supporting Windows since Day One when it launched last October and with v2.0 just out now it's way ahead of both GoGrid and EC2 on features and functionality.

Latest Stories
"My role is working with customers, helping them go through this digital transformation. I spend a lot of time talking to banks, big industries, manufacturers working through how they are integrating and transforming their IT platforms and moving them forward," explained William Morrish, General Manager Product Sales at Interoute, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
More and more companies are looking to microservices as an architectural pattern for breaking apart applications into more manageable pieces so that agile teams can deliver new features quicker and more effectively. What this pattern has done more than anything to date is spark organizational transformations, setting the foundation for future application development. In practice, however, there are a number of considerations to make that go beyond simply “build, ship, and run,” which changes ho...
The Internet of Things can drive efficiency for airlines and airports. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Sudip Majumder, senior director of development at Oracle, will discuss the technical details of the connected airline baggage and related social media solutions. These IoT applications will enhance travelers' journey experience and drive efficiency for the airlines and the airports. The session will include a working demo and a technical d...
Kubernetes is a new and revolutionary open-sourced system for managing containers across multiple hosts in a cluster. Ansible is a simple IT automation tool for just about any requirement for reproducible environments. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, Patrick Galbraith, a principal engineer at HPE, discussed how to build a fully functional Kubernetes cluster on a number of virtual machines or bare-metal hosts. Also included will be a brief demonstration of running a Galera M...
Why do your mobile transformations need to happen today? Mobile is the strategy that enterprise transformation centers on to drive customer engagement. In his general session at @ThingsExpo, Roger Woods, Director, Mobile Product & Strategy – Adobe Marketing Cloud, covered key IoT and mobile trends that are forcing mobile transformation, key components of a solid mobile strategy and explored how brands are effectively driving mobile change throughout the enterprise.
Developing software for the Internet of Things (IoT) comes with its own set of challenges. Security, privacy, and unified standards are a few key issues. In addition, each IoT product is comprised of (at least) three separate application components: the software embedded in the device, the back-end service, and the mobile application for the end user’s controls. Each component is developed by a different team, using different technologies and practices, and deployed to a different stack/target –...
Identity is in everything and customers are looking to their providers to ensure the security of their identities, transactions and data. With the increased reliance on cloud-based services, service providers must build security and trust into their offerings, adding value to customers and improving the user experience. Making identity, security and privacy easy for customers provides a unique advantage over the competition.
All clouds are not equal. To succeed in a DevOps context, organizations should plan to develop/deploy apps across a choice of on-premise and public clouds simultaneously depending on the business needs. This is where the concept of the Lean Cloud comes in - resting on the idea that you often need to relocate your app modules over their life cycles for both innovation and operational efficiency in the cloud. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at19th Cloud Expo, Valentin (Val) Bercovici, CTO of So...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Commvault, a global leader in enterprise data protection and information management, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Commvault is a leading provider of data protection and information management solutions, helping companies worldwide activate their data to drive more value and business insight and to transform moder...
SYS-CON Events announced today that eCube Systems, a leading provider of middleware modernization, integration, and management solutions, will exhibit at @DevOpsSummit at 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. eCube Systems offers a family of middleware evolution products and services that maximize return on technology investment by leveraging existing technical equity to meet evolving business needs. ...
Personalization has long been the holy grail of marketing. Simply stated, communicate the most relevant offer to the right person and you will increase sales. To achieve this, you must understand the individual. Consequently, digital marketers developed many ways to gather and leverage customer information to deliver targeted experiences. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lou Casal, Founder and Principal Consultant at Practicala, discussed how the Internet of Things (IoT) has accelerated our abil...
SYS-CON Events has announced today that Roger Strukhoff has been named conference chair of Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo 2016 Silicon Valley. The 19th Cloud Expo and 6th @ThingsExpo will take place on November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. "The Internet of Things brings trillions of dollars of opportunity to developers and enterprise IT, no matter how you measure it," stated Roger Strukhoff. "More importantly, it leverages the power of devices and the Interne...
Digital innovation is the next big wave of business transformation based on digital technologies of which IoT and Big Data are key components, For example: Business boundary innovation is a challenge to excavate third-party business value using IoT and BigData, like Nest Business structure innovation may propose re-building business structure from scratch, as Uber does in the taxicab industry The social model innovation is also a big challenge to the new social architecture with the design fr...
Whether they’re located in a public, private, or hybrid cloud environment, cloud technologies are constantly evolving. While the innovation is exciting, the end mission of delivering business value and rapidly producing incremental product features is paramount. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, Kiran Chitturi, CTO Architect at Sungard AS, will discuss DevOps culture, its evolution of frameworks and technologies, and how it is achieving maturity. He will also cover various st...
So, you bought into the current machine learning craze and went on to collect millions/billions of records from this promising new data source. Now, what do you do with them? Too often, the abundance of data quickly turns into an abundance of problems. How do you extract that "magic essence" from your data without falling into the common pitfalls? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Natalia Ponomareva, Software Engineer at Google, provided tips on how to be successful in large scale machine learning...