Cloud computing makes your service a commodity

By | August 20, 2011

Just a brief blog post as I’m mostly busy working hard on my dissertation (which should be made available here in a few weeks) and applying for jobs. Hopefully the job thing should be signed in a few weeks as well, as there are a few interesting in the pipeline at the moment.

Anyway, thought it was time to post something, so here goes. Been following Brightbox for some time. They are a new cloud computing provider (but not a new hosting provider in general), and they give off a good first impression. Yesterday they published their pricing plan for the soon to be non-beta platform. I don’t have any reason for doubting the quality of their service, and I often like to support the “little guys”, but man, cloud computing really have turned servers into a commodity.

Prior to pay-as-you-go hosting, there was a million different aspects you should consider when choosing a hosting provider. I’m not saying most people did consider all those aspects, and mainly I assume that’s because it was often rather time consuming. Unless you’re doing a big deal with someone, who bothers too much, right? You look at the basic price, other more or less useful metrics (reputation, web site quality, gut feeling…) and make a decision. Now? You just compare hourly prices. And that’s the first thing I did with Brightbox as well, having their price plan in one tab, and Rackspace’s in another (btw: I really hate the chat pop-up on Rackspace’s website!). As the disk and memory sizing are equal, it makes it trivial to do this. I’m not saying it’s accurate. I should compare the performance, but I can’t really be bothered right now. Given the almost flawless reputation of Rackspace, in addition to being cheaper, why would I spend a few hours this Saturday creating performance metrics? Maybe I will at one point, but only if I’m in need of wast amounts of what they offer.