Comparisons

Rackspace vs Azure: Pricing and Features Comparison

Azure vs. Rackspace: Cloud Services, Pricing, Data Center Coverage, Support Options and More

Microsoft Azure and Rackspace are both major cloud computing providers with an international presence.

What are the key differences between Azure and Rackspace? How does Rackspace pricing compare to Azure pricing? Which features does the Rackspace cloud offer that are not available from Azure, and vice versa?

This article answers those questions through a comparison of Azure and Rackspace. Continue reading

Alibaba Cloud vs. AWS: Service and Pricing Comparison

Alibaba Cloud may not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of competitors to Amazon Web services (AWS). However, alongside cloud services like Azure and Google Cloud Platform, Alibaba Cloud is now trying hard to unseat AWS as the world’s leading cloud computing platform.

If you live outside of Asia and haven’t heard of Alibaba Cloud until recently, you’re not alone. Although Alibaba Cloud was founded in 2009, only a few years after AWS, it focused initially on the China market, then expanded slowly into neighbouring countries.

It was not until a major $1 billion investment in 2015 that Alibaba Cloud began operating globally. It opened its first data center in the United States the same year and arrived in Europe in 2016.

Today, it is clear that Alibaba Cloud intends to compete globally with AWS and other major cloud providers. That leaves many consumers wondering whether Alibaba Cloud computing can offer better value than AWS. This article explores that question by comparing the Alibaba Cloud computing, storage, API and other services with those of AWS. Continue reading

Rackspace vs. AWS: Can Rackspace Match AWS for Cloud Servers?

Rackspace and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are two of the biggest names in cloud computing. Founded in 1998 and 2006, respectively, they are also among the longest-established cloud hosting companies.

The service offerings of Rackspace and AWS don’t compete in all respects. Rackspace’s main business centers on virtual servers and cloud storage, as well as managed services. AWS provides infrastructure offerings, too, through EC2 instances. However, AWS also has a broader set of services, such as serverless computing and hosted Kubernetes. Rackspace’s offerings are not as broad in this respect. Continue reading

Overview of Open Source Object Storage Solutions

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Looking for an open source storage solution that combines the convenience of file systems with the scalability and performance of block storage? If so, open source object storage solutions are the answer.

This article discusses and compares the offerings of several object storage vendors in the open source space. Continue reading

Upload to Glacier with Amazon S3 Lifecycle Rules

  

There are a number of storage classes for every need and budget in Amazon Web Services cloud storage. The cheapest method to store the backup for a long time is Amazon Glacier. However, there are two different ways to upload files to that storage: direct and using the lifecycle policy. In this article, we will demonstrate why the lifecycle policy method is more practical.  
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Top Remote Management Tools

The wonders of our modern world are things that never cease to amaze us. We steadily evolved from a time when keeping in touch with people across cities was a tough task to now, when a mere call using the Skype app can help us see the faces of our loved ones. In today’s day and age with the advent of laptops, we have wondrous applications at our disposal to make things even easier for us.

One such application which we’re going to discuss today is a remote management tool for our laptops. To be able to handle your laptop or troubleshoot some minor issues of laptops that belong to your relatives or friends from afar would be a boon, wouldn’t it? Well, here’s a piece of information for you! With a good desktop remote application, this too is a possibility! Yes, you read correctly.

You may now access your laptop from afar with the help of remote management tools. In today’s article, we will go on to discuss the various aspects that come with the top remote management tools. If you get any one of these tools, you will be able to accomplish something that wasn’t even thought of a couple of years back! Continue reading

Amazon EC2 Instances Pricing Explained

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Getting the most out of Amazon EC2 instances requires not only choosing the right EC2 instance type or performing Amazon EC2 backup, but, first of all, identifying the best EC2 pricing strategy.

Optimizing costs can be difficult because AWS offers several different types of pricing models. In order to make sure that you are paying the least amount possible while still obtaining the level of resource availability that your applications require, you need to understand Amazon EC2’s pricing options and identify which type of pricing is best for each workload that you host.

This article explains how pricing works on EC2 and offers suggestions for optimizing EC2 costs. Continue reading

Direct Upload to AWS Glacier or Upload through AWS S3. Comparison

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Amazon Glacier is a cloud service dedicated for storing archived data which is not likely to be retrieved often. In other words, it is designed for infrequently accessed data. Glacier has high latency of data retrieval but offers low pricing and high safety for stored archives. In this article we are going to explain Glacier’s data uploading nuances.

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Amazon S3 vs EBS vs EFS. The Difference Explained

Amazon S3, Amazon EFS and Amazon EBS are three different storage types, designed by Amazon Web Services. Amazon S3 is an object storage and is suitable for storing user files and backups in massive numbers. Amazon EFS was designed to provide scalable storage for the users of Amazon EC2 cloud computing service. Amazon EBS was also created to enhance the functionality of Amazon EC2 - it is similar to your computer's drive but in virtualized environment. All these services are great, but only if you use them in accordance with their purpose.

In this article, we will define the difference of Amazon S3, Amazon EFS and Amazon EBS storage options.  Continue reading

Cloning vs Image Backup: When you Need What?

A simple file backup does a good job of protecting crucial data. However, should your hard drive crash or your operating system become hopelessly corrupt, then you will be left confused, trying to figure out the way out. This is where cloning and image backup come in. Some people assume that these two terms mean the same thing, but that is fundamentally wrong.

Though they both give you a full copy of your data and operating system, you should understand what each technique involves and how it is different from the other, so that you can make an informed choice.

So when do you need what? Continue reading