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It can be difficult to determine the actual AWS pricing, as there are a lot of choices to be made before you can find the actual costs. The amount of cost calculators available at AWS does not make this any clearer.

To get an insight into the costs of a cloud solution, we have created an example in which we assume a simple use case. In it, we compare the price of AWS with Fuga Cloud, the European answer to the American cloud. Fuga Cloud is a new public cloud based on OpenStack and, therefore, fully open source.


Software developer We Make IT Work is looking for a cloud solution to host the applications they develop for their clients. A server with 2 cores, 2048 MB RAM and 40 GB SSD disk space will do for a start. In the overview below, two instances of AWS are compared to the c1.small of Fuga Cloud. This last one meets the requested specifications of We Make IT Work exactly.

  • AWS t2.small

    • Open source No
    • CPU 1 core
    • RAM memory 2147 MB
    • Diskspace 40 GB SSD
    • Monthly costs € 18,18
    • IOPS activities pay per use
  • AWS t2.medium

    • Open source No
    • CPU 2 cores
    • RAM memory 4295 MB
    • Diskspace 40 GB SSD
    • Monthly costs € 32,13
    • IOPS activities pay per use
  • Fuga c1.small

    • Open source Yes OpenStack
    • CPU 2 cores
    • RAM memory 2048 MB
    • Diskspace 40 GB SSD
    • Monthly costs € 20,00
    • IOPS activities for free
Monthly costs are based on a period of 4 weeks / 720 hours. Latest update of this calculation is April 25, 2018. For this calculation, the AWS pricing calculator and the Fuga pricing calculator have been used.

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3 reasons for choosing Fuga

    1. Hosted in The Netherlands

    Unlike AWS, Fuga Cloud is 100% Dutch. We use Dutch data centers and your data is protected by Dutch and European privacy laws. Fuga Cloud customers aren't affected by the Safe Harbor agreement or the new EU-US Privacy Shield, which hasn't been ratified yet. With Fuga Cloud you comply with Dutch and European legislation and privacy policies on the protection of your own and your customers' data.

    2. No vendor lock-in

    AWS is a self-built platform. Fuga Cloud is based on OpenStack, which is open source software. This allows you to easily migrate your data and applications to other OpenStack cloud providers, should you want to do so. Choosing an open source solution prevents you from getting locked-in by the cloud platform you use, which is the case with AWS. By using Fuga Cloud, you choose flexibility and freedom.

    3. No additional costs

    With Fuga Cloud, you can select the most suitable configuration for your needs and immediately know what it will cost. With AWS you pay for every IOPS (read and write) transaction; Fuga Cloud doesn't charge for these unpredictable variables. The only thing you have to pay for, apart from your configuration, is traffic.

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