Top 5 Alternatives to the Amazon Cloud

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Have you been impacted by recent problems with Amazon’s Cloud Service? Suffering from their service outages (three this year so far)? Here are 5 Amazon Cloud alternatives:
1. Rackspace is a popular cloud service that offers public, private and hybrid clouds. While it is a little pricier, their service and support are superior. Most companies say they don’t mind the higher cost for the service and support they get. Their web based admin console is extremely user friendly and they offer a smooth conversion process.

2. GoGrid offers easy set up and operation, a variety of plans including pre-paid and pay-as-you-go, and a hybrid architecture. Pricing is on the high end of cloud providers but ease of use and management may be worth it. Sometimes their FTP connection is a bit wonky (it may repeatedly reset itself) but it’s not a deal-breaker.

3. Bluelock has secured a solid reputation for reliability. It offers cloud hosting and managed IT services, a big plus in anyone’s book. Noted as a leader in Gartner’s 2012 Magic Quadrant for IaaS Providers, Bluelock has a unique feature of allowing you to adjust resource allocations within your environment at any time. Also near the high-end of the pricing spectrum, it’s worth the money with their flexibility, great features and high quality.

4. Joyent is the power behind an array of online gaming platforms, Dell, and LinkedIn. It has proved its ability to stand strong in data-intensive atmospheres and offers affordable solutions. Joyent has been praised as an innovative company and as being a solution provider in the areas of security and cloud performance.

5. Windows Azure is often underestimated but stands as quite a strong contender where cloud service providers are concerned. Azure is a platform cloud so while the transition can prove to be a bit tricky under certain circumstances, once you’re there you don’t have to worry about the infrastructure at all. It allows you to be more product focused instead of worrying about application scaling. Pricing is reasonable and while it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, it has some developers standing strongly behind it as their preference.

With a variety of Amazon cloud alternatives out there, you have to decide what’s best for you since everyone’s needs and desires are different. First understand your budget, your absolute needs, and your preferences. Then compare to decide which one is most suitable to those requirements.

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