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    CloudSigma opinions?

    Hi,

    I'm currently finding CloudSigma an attractive option for moving from my current dedicated server:

    * I can fine-tune the resources I need to be better than the dedicated server (although I realize that this doesn't mean it will actually perform better - my thinking is that the redundant storage and self-healing/HA aspects that I don't get with a simple low-budget dedicated server are worth the trade-off)

    * Their infrastructure sounds like it's well thought out (they have soooo much more information about their systems on their site than I have found on other cloud hosters, where usually you get as much marketing speak as you do technical details. In any case, they seem fairly transparent. And their uptime seems pretty decent.

    * Their pricing is great if you can commit to longer periods - even three years will cut your effective monthly rate in HALF!

    I'm not a schlep (I have no idea if that's the right word) for CloudSigma - I swear! I searched here and didn't find too many threads talking about them (they seem to be a bit newer - and that in itself could be a cause for concern). If I missed the definitive review thread, please point me in the right direction.

    Anyone have actual experience with them? Any opinions? I'd be grateful!

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    Have you actually bought services, or just talking about what their website says?
    dediserve www.dediserve.com
    Leading provider of enterprise SSD cloud platforms with 14 clouds in 3 regions
    Clouds in Dublin, London, Amsterdam, Vienna, Frankfurt, New York, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Singapore, Jakarta, Hong Kong

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    You know, I was just going to ask or open same topic. They do seem quite good on information part, uptime and their portal is so much different.

    My staff is actually going through all the setups and load speeds to figure out what their systems can handle with a given resources.

    I will for sure update with outcomes and review after some benchmarks if it ever gets there.

    DEDISERVE
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    How come pings and traces are quite high at 100ms ?

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    Hi Catbones

    what pings are you talking about?
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    Just a normal ping of the IP address returns at 130ms and down to 75ms... just wondering

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    What IP are you referring to though?
    dediserve www.dediserve.com
    Leading provider of enterprise SSD cloud platforms with 14 clouds in 3 regions
    Clouds in Dublin, London, Amsterdam, Vienna, Frankfurt, New York, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Singapore, Jakarta, Hong Kong

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    Quote Originally Posted by catbones View Post
    You know, I was just going to ask or open same topic. They do seem quite good on information part, uptime and their portal is so much different.

    My staff is actually going through all the setups and load speeds to figure out what their systems can handle with a given resources.

    I will for sure update with outcomes and review after some benchmarks if it ever gets there.
    Oh, thank you! Please do update this thread when you have more info. There isn't much info about them on WHT, or anywhere else for that matter (again, somewhat of a concern). So I'd really like to find people with experience and hear what they have to say.

    Quote Originally Posted by catbones View Post
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    How come pings and traces are quite high at 100ms ?
    Is this related to this thread? If it's not, do you mind taking this discussion to another thread? Thanks!

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    http://cloudharmony.com/b/2010/06/cl...ng-part-5.html

    General takeaway is

    • Almost parity costs with AWS at m1.small, however slightly more in others. But you get better performance it seems. LAMP scores at Cloudharmony are 3x better at the same size-levels.
    • Bandwidth friendlier.
    • Smaller instances aren't as heavily scheduled/crippled.
    • Much better local disk access.
    • Downside is their service API uptime.
    • I don't think their API account security is up to snuff.


    Take it with a grain of salt, as that's just the research I've dug up. I'm likely taking the plunge soon myself just to see its performance.

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    At a high level, the article describes that, while there are certain advantages for cloud providers operating data centers in-house, including greater control, capacity, power and security, the challenges, such as geographic expansion, connectivity, location, cost and lower-tier facilities often outweigh the benefits.

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    @tchen Thanks for the link and summary!

    @che09 Point taken - sort of... Do you think (or do you think the article suggests) that CloudSigma's particular in-house solution leans on the side of suffering from those challenges or the opposite? I guess I'm asking - what is the take-away from your statement in regard to CloudSigma?

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    Thank you for the comments and feedback. In terms of our approach we'd point to a number of key factors:
    - we price transparently in simple resource units
    - we have no fixed server sizes so you can purchase resources efficiently and make servers that directly fit your needs
    - our clouds already run on all 10GigE networking right down to each physical server node
    - we offer high performance on-node SSD storage which is ideal for HPC and other intensive IO tasks (such as databases)
    - our prices aren't at a premium to the market but resource performance is higher, our customers often find they need to buy less resources on our cloud than previous set-ups they had
    - we will be rolling out a number of new innovations on our platform in 2012 designed to enable further increases to performance of computing within our cloud
    - we are an open platform, that means you can run any OS you like without restriction and you retain full sole root/administrative over your computing

    Best wishes,

    Robert Jenkins
    CTO
    CloudSigma

    P.S. Regarding the data centre debate, our position is that public cloud providers should not run their own data centres but concentrate on the infrastructure for their cloud only. It is an argument about business focus and I'd encourage you to visit our blog to read more about our position with regards to this.

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    I spun up one of their free for seven days servers this am. Haven't had time to look into it much yet. With any luck, I'll get to play with it, if work doesn't prevent if.

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    Please report back!

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    Hi Anyori,

    Pretty much all of your 13 posts have talked about this provider - why don't you simply try them out and talk to them directly?
    dediserve www.dediserve.com
    Leading provider of enterprise SSD cloud platforms with 14 clouds in 3 regions
    Clouds in Dublin, London, Amsterdam, Vienna, Frankfurt, New York, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Singapore, Jakarta, Hong Kong

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    Just wanted to add.
    I try try twice on their free trial.
    Overall, i felt the performance is good.
    Cloud management is good. Easy to use.
    I manage to do my own installation, or you can preload with their preinstalled OS.

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