Cloud providers overview

An overview of all the services provided from the different cloud providers. Please note that most of these services are now supported in PlanForCloud.

Aws_heading Rackspace_heading Google_heading Windows_azure_heading Softlayer_heading Hp_heading
Compute Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) Cloud Servers Compute Engine Virtual Machines
Cloud Services (Web and Worker Roles)
CloudLayer Computing Cloud Compute
Relational Database Relational Database Service (RDS) Cloud Databases Cloud SQL SQL Server - -
NoSQL Databases DynamoDB - BigQuery Table Storage - -
Block Storage Elastic Block Store (EBS) Cloud Block Storage Persistent Disk Drive - Block Storage
Object Storage Simple Storage Service (S3) Cloud Files Cloud Storage BLOB Storage CloudLayer Object Storage Object Storage
Archival Storage Glacier - - - - -
Support Tech Support Tech Support Tech Support Tech Support Tech Support Tech Support
Live Status Amazon Status Rackspace Status - Azure Status SoftLayer Status HP Status
Security Certifications Security Certifications Security Certifications Security Certifications Security Certifications Security Certifications Security Certifications



Compute Services

Aws Amazon Rackspace Rackspace Google Google Microsoft Windows Azure Softlayer SoftLayer Hp HP
Name EC2 Cloud Servers Compute Engine Virtual Machines CloudLayer Computing Cloud Compute
Lowest Spec Micro Instance (t1.micro)
2×1GHz CPU,613MB RAM
1 GB
1×CPU, 1GB RAM, 20GB SDD
f1-micro
1×1.1GHz CPU, 0.60GB RAM, Diskless
Extra Small
1×1GHz CPU, 768MB RAM, 20GB HDD
1 Core
1×1GHz CPU, 1GB RAM, 25GB HDD
Extra Small
1×CPU, 1GB RAM, 30GB HDD
Highest Spec High Memory Cluster Eight Extra Large Instance (cr1.8xlarge)
88×1GHz CPU, 244GB RAM
120 GB
32×CPU, 120GB RAM, 1.2TB SSD
n1-highmem-8
22×1.1GHz CPU, 52GB RAM, Diskless
Extra Large
8×1.6GHz CPU, 14GB RAM, 1890GB HDD
16 Core
16×2GHz CPU, 16GB RAM, 100GB HDD
Double Extra Large
32×CPU, 32GB RAM, 960GB HDD
Operating Systems
  • Linux: Amazon Linux AMI, Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, Ubuntu
  • Enterprise Linux: Red Hat, Oracle, SUSE
  • Windows Server
  • Linux: Ubuntu, CentOS, Red Hat, Arch, Debian, Fedora, FreeBSD, Gentoo, openSUSE, Scientific Linux
  • Windows Server: Windows + SQL Web, Windows + SQL Standard
  • Linux
  • Linux
  • Windows Server
  • Linux: CloudLinux, Centos, Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu
  • Enterprise Linux: Red Hat
  • Windows Server
  • Linux
  • Windows Server
Purchase Options
  • On-Demand
  • Reserved 1-Year: Light, Medium and Heavy Utilization
  • Reserved 3-Year: Light, Medium and Heavy Utilization
  • Spot
  • On-Demand
  • On-Demand
  • On-Demand
  • Reserved 6-Months Pay monthly and Prepay
  • Reserved 1-Year Pay monthly and Prepay
  • On-Demand
  • On-Demand


Relational Database Services

Aws Amazon Rackspace Rackspace Google Google Microsoft Windows Azure Softlayer SoftLayer Hp HP
Name RDS Cloud Databases Cloud SQL SQL Server - -
Lowest Spec Micro Instance (db.t1.micro)
613MB RAM, 2×1GHz CPU
512 MB
512MB RAM
D1
512MB RAM
- - -
Highest Spec High-Memory Quadruple Extra Large DB Instance (d2.m2.4xlarge)
68.4GB RAM, 8×1GHz CPU
16 GB
16GB RAM
D32
32GB RAM
- - -
Storage Size Limits up to 1TB [1] up to 150GB [2] up to 100GB [3] up to 5GB for Web Edition
up to 150GB for Business Edition [4]
- -
Software
  • MySQL
  • Oracle
  • SQL Server
  • MySQL
  • Oracle
  • SQL Server
  • MySQL
  • SQL Server
- -
Purchase Options
  • On-Demand
  • Reserved 1-Year: Light, Medium and Heavy Utilization
  • Reserved 3-Year: Light, Medium and Heavy Utilization
  • Spot
  • On-Demand
  • On-Demand
  • On-Demand
  • Reserved 6-Months Pay monthly and Prepay
  • Reserved 1-Year Pay monthly and Prepay
- -


NoSQL Database Services

Aws Amazon Rackspace Rackspace Google Google Microsoft Windows Azure Softlayer SoftLayer Hp HP
Name DynamoDB - BigQuery Table Storage - -
Storage Size Limits No Limit [5] - 2TB [6] 100TB per storage account, 5 storage accounts per subscription. [7] - -
Throughput limits No limit, however need to contact AWS if over 10,000 read/writes per second [8] - up to 20,000 Queries Per Day, however it is possible to increase by contacting Google [6] - - -


Block Storage Services

Aws Amazon Rackspace Rackspace Google Google Microsoft Windows Azure Softlayer SoftLayer Hp HP
Name EBS Cloud Block Storage Persistent Disk Drive - Block Storage
Storage Size Limits 1GB - 1TB [9] 100GB - 1TB [10] 1GB + 16MB - 1TB [11] - 1GB - 2TB [12]
IO Performance Standard: around 100 IOPS
Provisioned IOPS: up to 4000 IOPS [9]
Standard: around 500 - 1500 IOPS
SSD: around 6000 - 7000 IOPS [10]
- - - -


Object Storage Services

Aws Amazon Rackspace Rackspace Google Google Microsoft Windows Azure Softlayer SoftLayer Hp HP
Name S3 Cloud Files Cloud Storage BLOB Storage CloudLayer Object Storage Object Storage
Storage Size Limits No limit No limit No limit 100TB per storage account. 5 storage accounts per subscription. [7] No limit No limit
Maximum Upload Size 5TB (5GB segments) [13] No limit (5GB segments) [14] 5TB (must complete uploading within in a week) [15] Block Blobs: 200GB
Page Blobs: 1TB [16]
5GB [17] No limit (5GB segments) [18]


Archive Storage Services

Aws Amazon Glacier Rackspace Rackspace Google Google Microsoft Windows Azure Softlayer SoftLayer Hp HP
Name Glacier - - - - -
Free retrieval limits up to 5% per month (calculated daily) [19] - - - - -


Support Services

Aws Amazon Rackspace Rackspace Google Google Microsoft Windows Azure Softlayer SoftLayer Hp HP
Ticket System Developer Support & above Included Silver Support & above Developer Support & above Included Included
Phone Business Support & above Included Gold Support & above Standard Support & above Included Included
Email Developer Support & above Included Silver Support & above Developer Support & above Included Included
Response Time Developer - 12 Hours
Business - 1 Hour
Enterprise - 15 Minutes
20 Minutes Silver - 4 Hours
Gold - 1 Hour
Platinum - 1 Hour
Developer - 8 Hours
Standard - 2 Hours
Professional - 1 Hour
Premier - 15 Minutes
20 Minutes -
Other Notes Basic support provides documentation and community forums.
There are also other specific features which come with support, refer to Amazon Support.
Rackspace also offer 'Managed cloud', an extra layer of support which provides monitoring, operating system and application infrastructure layer support. Bronze support provides documentation, community forums and billing support.
There are also other specific features which come with support, refer to Google Support.
Included support provides documentation, community forums and billing support.
There are also other specific features which come with support, refer to Azure Support.
- Included support provides knowledge base, community forums and live chat
Monthly Cost
  • Basic - Free

  • Developer - $49

  • Business - Greater of $100 or
    10% of monthly usage up to $10K
    + 7% up to $80K
    + 5% up to $250K
    + 3% above $250K

  • Enterprise - Greater of $15,000 or
    10% of monthly usage up to $150K
    + 7% up to $500K
    + 5% up to $1M
    + 3% above $1M
  • Included - Free

  • Bronze - Free

  • Silver - $150

  • Gold - Greater of $400 or
    9% of monthly up to $10K
    + 7% up to $50K
    + 5% up to $200K
    + 3% above $200K

  • Platinum - Contact Sales
  • Included - Free

  • Developer - $29

  • Standard - $300

  • Professional - $1,000

  • Premier - Contact Sales
  • Included - Free
  • Included - Free
References Amazon support Rackspace support Google support Azure support SoftLayer support HP support


Security Certifications

Aws Amazon Rackspace Rackspace Google Google Microsoft Windows Azure Softlayer SoftLayer Hp HP
SSAE/16 (SOC1) Type II Yes Yes Yes Yes - -
ISO 27001 Yes Yes Yes Yes - -
FedRAMP (implies a FISMA rating) Yes - - - - -
PCI-DSS Yes Yes - - - -
HIPAA Yes - - Yes - -



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