IaaS Price Comparison 2015

Did you know that Amazon EC2 has
changed its prices 44 times since 2006?

In Part 1 of the Cloud Vendor Benchmark 2015 Report, Cloud Spectator examines 15 Leading Cloud Vendors for Best Price Analysis. The IaaS Price Comparison 2015 report is intended to provide you with the tools to understand IaaS provider pricing— allowing you to make informed purchase decisions.

The Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) market is becoming increasingly competitive, and price changes are common and frequent.

This report takes an objective look at 15 leading cloud providers' VM prices for different server configurations over time. Price comparisons are broken down into hourly, monthly, annual, and 3-year pricing to gain an accurate perspective on each provider's pricing strategies and advantages across different durations.

Estimating Cloud Spending

When considering cloud infrastructure total cost of ownership, businesses need to ask:
  • What should the size of my virtual machines (VMs) be?
  • How many VMs of each size do I need?
  • How long do I want to be committed to this cloud provider?
  • How many peripheral services on aspects such as storage, security, scaling, etc. am I looking for?
  • What discounts are available to me?

 

We Examine These 15 Leading IaaS Providers

  • Amazon EC2
  • CenturyLink Cloud
  • CloudSigma
  • DigitalOcean
  • Dimension Data
  • GoGrid
  • Google Cloud
  • HP Helion
  • IBM SoftLayer
  • Internap
  • Joyent
  • Microsoft Azure
  • ProfitBricks
  • Rackspace Cloud
  • Verizon Cloud
All data in this report is accurate as of April 1, 2015.

 

IaaS Price Comparison 2015: Key Findings

  • CloudSigma, DigitalOcean, and ProfitBricks in general provide the lowest prices (DigitalOcean available for Linux OS only).
  • AWS and ProfitBricks are the least expensive IaaS providers for hourly Windows-based VMs, with AWS less expensive on smaller-sized VMs and ProfitBricks less expensive on larger-sized VMs. For monthly, both CloudSigma, AWS and ProfitBricks offer the lowest pricing, with CloudSigma and AWS less expensive on smaller-sized VMs and ProfitBricks less expensive on larger-sized VMs.
  • Amazon EC2 displays significant cost advantages in the longer terms (annual and 3-year pricing) with its reserved instances.
  • IBM SoftLayer Endurance 3 block storage, Rackspace’s SSD block storage and CenturyLink’s Premium block storage are the most expensive block storage offerings, but can provide more value to the right types of users.
  • Google, Microsoft Azure, and ProfitBricks offer the lowest block storage costs.
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IaaS Price Comparisons per hour from the Part 1 of the Cloud Vendor Benchmark 2015 Report
Hourly IaaS Price Comparisons from the Part 1 of the Cloud Vendor Benchmark 2015 Report

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If you are in Europe, take a look at our European Cloud Service Providers report.