Web hosting provider Go Daddy announced on Tuesday that it has launched its newest cloud service Go Daddy Cloud Servers. It offers customers private clouds with features like control panels, firewalls and load balancers in a pay-as-you-go format.
In July 2011, Go Daddy launched its 4th Generation Web hosting, its first official foray into the cloud hosting space. Its 4GH hosting packages were designed for shared hosting customers to take advantage of the scalability of cloud hosting. Rather than being based on usage, its cloud hosting plans come in different tiers and have set monthly prices.
While 4GH seems to be more of an approach for shared hosting customers with scalable resource needs, not necessarily much technical knowledge, Go Daddy Cloud Servers are designed for companies looking to take “complete control of their web hosting environment.”
Go Daddy has more than 10 million customers, and while its customer base is traditionally thought of as more individual users and bloggers, its cloud servers offering underscores its desire to provide services to the enterprise. In a chart on its website, Go Daddy compares the costs of its cloud servers to Amazon and Rackspace, two providers that have established themselves as enterprise-ready cloud environments.
Like in other areas of its business, Go Daddy is offering relatively lower prices. For example, for 1GB server with 40GB persistent storage, Go Daddy says its hourly price is $0.05, while AWS is four cents higher at $0.09/hour, and Rackspace is only slightly higher at $0.06/hour.
Go Daddy says setting up a private cloud server network with its cloud servers can be complete in three steps.
“Cloud Servers takes ‘infrastructure as a service’ to a whole new level,” Brian Krouse, Go Daddy vice president of hosting development said in a statement. “Cloud Servers helps businesses that need both cost effective flexibility and scalability.”
Go Daddy says its cloud servers allow users to configure server networks, create server snapshots and manage server resources from a single interface. Its cloud servers are available with either Linux or Windows operating systems.
“It has always been Go Daddy’s primary mission to help businesses grow through our cost-effective, reliable, feature-rich products,” Go Daddy CEO Warren Adelman said in a statement. “Cloud Servers is a Go Daddy innovation that takes the complexity out of a complicated technology, yet gives users a substantial range of sophistication.”
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