How To Save Money In Cloud Computing
Learn How To Compare Pricing Among Providers and Pay Only For What You Need – Not What They Force You To Buy

Cloud Pricing Revealed

Let’s review the pricing of three Cloud Computing providers – Amazon, Rackspace and ProfitBricks. We believe it’s time for the industry to align its pricing with the realities of your budget and not the needs of your cloud provider… Review steps 1-5 below and learn how to save between 67% and 81% and get twice the performance.


Comparing Cloud Pricing – It’s Like Apples and Pears Until You Know How It All Works

Comparing pricing in the Cloud is extremely complex and needlessly cumbersome. Let’s start with a simple comparison of what you see for pricing on the website of Amazon and ProfitBricks. In this comparison table we will compare 3 of the most common instance sizes at Amazon with their equivalents at ProfitBricks.

As you can see – in each case ProfitBricks is less expensive. However there is an important distinction – with Amazon you are paying for Cloud storage resources that you can’t use …

Save 36% to 37%
over Amazon EC2 M3 Instances
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(In Step 3 it's 34% to 63%)


Now Let’s Compare Apples and Apples – and Learn Why You Are Forced To Buy Storage You Can’t Use.

Let’s compare the providers and look closely at the storage they bundle in with their plans. Amazon looks like a great deal only until you consider that you’ll only ever need 10 GB of temporary (ephemeral or scratch) storage. Think about it – you would never store data on a laptop that erases data everytime you switch it off? You probably only want to store data on storage that does not disappear when you switch it off, like block storage, even better if the block storage is fast and redundant.

In this step of the comparison let’s reduce temporary storage to 10GB – which is more than most instances will ever use and we added block storage in sizes typically needed for your valuable data. (Note: All block storage at ProfitBricks is saved to a minimum of 4 different disks in two availability zones.)

Save 35%
over Amazon EC2 M3 Instances Cloud
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(In Step 3 it's 34% to 63%)


Do You Believe Your Cloud Provider Should Dictate Your Cloud Server Configurations?

Now that you understand why some Cloud providers make you buy storage you can’t use and how they are simply overpriced… Let’s look at how they force you to put your applications and databases on fixed amounts of CPU cores and RAM in server configurations of their choosing. Did you know that on average Amazon EC2 customers only use 15% of the resources they buy? With most providers you are always under or over buying the CPU and RAM that you need, with ProfitBricks – every server can be custom configured with the amount of CPU cores, RAM and storage you need.

You'll save more than 48% with ProfitBricks by closely matching your servers to your needs.

Save 34% to 63%
over Amazon EC2 M3 Instances Cloud
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(In Step 4, see how better performance saves you even more)

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Why Buy Four Servers When You Only Need Two?

Even with lower pricing, ProfitBricks Cloud servers are faster than Amazon. (How much faster depends on your workload, but on average, it’s twice as fast). Plus, only ProfitBricks includes dedicated CPU cores and Dedicated RAM, eliminating noisy neighbor problems and inconsistent performance. Don’t believe us? Test us and see for yourself how much faster ProfitBricks is for your workloads. Test it for yourself 14-day trial now.

Our performance engineers continually run standard open-source benchmarks like UnixBench against cloud providers and found that ProfitBricks is at minimum 2x faster than Amazon’s newest “m3” instances. With better performance, you can see your savings increase to 90% or more.

Save 67% to 81%
over Amazon EC2 M3 Instances
See the Comparison
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(In Step 5 see the hidden costs.)


The Hidden and Uncontrollable Costs of Cloud Computing

One last thought… why do Cloud providers have so many hidden extras? Whether it’s Amazon’s mysterious I/OPs fees or their percentage of your total bill "fee" for live technical support, many Cloud providers make your monthly total charge unpredictable.

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Save an additional 10%
over Amazon EC2, which charges a percentage of your total bill for support.

“ProfitBricks is looking to straddle the divide between “you-get what-you-get” cloud instances and expensive custom hosting deployments with automated, flexible configurations. It’s a sensible way to differentiate on the premise of infrastructure as a service, and the price cuts show there is a lot of room for aggressive maneuvering in this market.”
Carl Brooks, Research Analyst, Internet Infrastructure Services, 451 Group