As part of our recent public cloud launch, everyone in the company, and in particular the sales department, has been focused on expanding our knowledge. This includes breaking down the products that already exist in the market and comparing them to what SingleHop has to offer. Everyone on the team set out to compare our public cloud product to our competitors, so we made it through all of the obvious players. What we found, in almost all cases, is that public cloud products, regardless of what the provider branded it, are at their core, fundamentally very similar. Sure, there are small differences with the hypervisors, technology used, billing methods, levels of support, etc. but each provider’s product offers similar core functionality and similar options.
One significant difference is that every provider seems to handle storage a bit differently. More particular, some providers leverage large SAN devices, others use local storage. SingleHop’s public cloud uses redundant local storage to allow for better i/0 performance compared to using SAN devices. SingleHop’s public cloud also features two different storage options at launch, redundant SATA storage for the typical user as well as redundant SAS storage for users with high i/o requirements. SingleHop’s public cloud gives clients dedicated RAM and CPU as well as resource scaling capabilities for RAM, CPU, and disk space.
Aside from the different storage options, SingleHop’s approach to our public cloud product is also pretty familiar. The differences, though, really become clear as you take a step back, and look at the overall offering. In particular, the availability of other platforms, and how the provider facilitates the deployment and management of those platforms. The main difference in SingleHop’s approach is how LEAP3 allows clients full control of all of their platforms. We have recognized that the shared cloud product, by itself, may not be suitable for everyone. For example a client with tremendous storage requirements would likely not require the public cloud on its own. This client could however leverage a dedicated server for their high storage requirement and a public cloud instance for their web server allowing for scalability as well as redundancy. We understand that clients want the freedom to control all of their platforms and services from one complete control panel, and we have redesigned LEAP to facilitate that need.
While the underlying products are all fairly similar, LEAP3 and SingleHop’s public cloud make clients more efficient by bridging the gap between platforms and facilitating the provisioning and scaling of environments. When you take a step back and compare one cloud product to another, it becomes clear that it is the tools that are added in combination with the product that truly gives SingleHop its differentiation and our clients a full hosting suite.
Senior Hosting Consultant