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Do you want to host your data and/or application(s) at a public cloud provider? Good choice! By using a public cloud provider, you’re able to launch a virtual machine within seconds and best of all; you only pay for the resources you actually use.

The past several years, we’ve seen an increasing shift from traditional hosting towards the cloud. For you, as an end-user, this means you don’t have to worry about the physical hardware anymore. This way the costs of hardware and/or maintenance are eliminated.

Public cloud is the ideal solution for organizations with fluctuating demand. Implementing or changing required resources is in fact done in a jiffy and its pricing model, which is based on the consumption of resources, makes it financially attractive to move to the public cloud.

Prevent a cloud lock-in

Nobody wants to be dependent on one public cloud provider. In case you are dissatisfied with your current provider it’s a relief to be able to easily migrate to another provider. Migrating from one to another public cloud provider becomes easy when they’re using open source technology. Public clouds such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud are built on their own technology. This makes it difficult for a user to switch from cloud A to cloud B in the future. Fortunately, more and more ‘open’ clouds are being launched, making it easier for organizations to move to the public cloud.

Choose OpenStack

A common technology used by open source minded cloud providers is OpenStack; an open source cloud operating system backed by hundreds of organizations and thousands of contributors. Fuga Cloud is one of these public cloud providers that embraces OpenStack and uses this technology as its basis. This gives our users a sense of freedom. If desired, users of our cloud platform can easily migrate to another public cloud that uses OpenStack technology.

Comparing Public Cloud providers

Now that you know more about the importance of open source in making your choice for a public cloud provider, you’re probably wondering how Fuga Cloud compares between public cloud providers like AWS, Azure and Google Cloud. With a simple case, we give you an overview of several public cloud providers you can choose from today. In this example, software developer We Make IT Work is looking for a public cloud solution for hosting their customers’ applications. For a start, a virtual server with 2 cores, 2048 MB RAM and 40 GB SSD disk space will suffice. In the example below, four virtual machines from 4 public cloud providers are compared. For the specs, we tried to stay as close to the desired configuration as possible.

  • 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
  • Azure D1 v2

    • Open source No
    • CPU 2 cores
    • RAM memory 3758 MB
    • Diskspace 54 GB SSD
    • Monthly costs € 34,08
    • IOPS activities pay per use
  • Google Cloud n1-highcpu-2

    • Open source No
    • CPU 2 cores
    • RAM memory 1300 MB
    • Diskspace None
      configured separately
    • Monthly costs € 29,68
    • IOPS activities for free
  • 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, Azure pricing calculator, Google Cloud pricing calculator and the Fuga Cloud pricing calculator have been used.

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3 reasons for choosing Fuga

    1. Hosted in The Netherlands

    Unlike AWS, Azure and Google Cloud, 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, Azure and Google Cloud are based on 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 Azure, AWS and Google Cloud. 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 and Azure 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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Outsource management of your public cloud?

Using the best, fastest and most reliable infrastructure for your data and/or applications is one thing, but to really get the most out of your infrastructure, management is equally important. If you want your Fuga Cloud environment managed by the specialists who built it, that’s no problem.

Fuga Cloud was developed by managed hosting provider Cyso. This specialist in infrastructure and managed services has been active in the hosting market since 1997 and is responsible for the availability and continuity of many mission critical applications and platforms. Some examples include clothing retailer The Sting, hosting provider Yourhosting and financial institution NIBC Direct.

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