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When it is time to change or update your hosting services, the choice between co-location and cloud services can become overwhelming.

This quick post on how virtualization and physical hosting compare may help you.

Included are hosting costs to host your own physical server the ipHouse data center versus different cloud providers and ipHouse virtualization services.

First 2 rows are hardware from Dell.

I used the PowerEdge T410 as a mid-sized tower with 4 GiB and 12 GiB of RAM respectfully. The per month costs are for a 1/2 rack in the ipHouse Minneapolis, MN data center with 8A of usable power. Monthly costs are hardware divided over 24 months plus the monthly hosting fee. Tax calculated at 7.7% and I assumed no financing fees.

Setup as $0.00 though there are significant setup fees involved when purchasing your own physical server.

Provider Type RAM vCPU Ghz Disk1 Transfer Monthly Setup
Dell T410 4 43 9 10004 250 $411.74 $0.00
Dell T410 12 43 9 10004 250 $420.18 $0.00
vmForge SV Premium 4 2 4 200 250 $175.00 $100.00
vmForge VDC virtual DC 8 4 200 250 $200.00 $0.00
GigeNET VPS 8 4 200 5333 $235.06 $0.00
GNAX 8 4 200 8000 $244.50 $0.00
 JoyentCloud 8 2 240 20000 $262.80 $0.00
Amazon Large 7.5 2 3.4 200 250 $268.87 $0.00
HPChost VPS 8 2 200 500 $329.95 $0.00
VISI CS 300 4 2 4 100 1000 $335.00 $0.00
iland Pay as you go 8 200 250 $344.98 $0.00
PhoenixNAP 8 2 200 250 $346.84 $0.00
Virtacore Public Cloud 8 4 50 3000 $350.40 $0.00
Rackspace 8 3202 250 $393.60 $0.00
Terremark vCloud Express 8 4 200 250 $446.74 $0.00
1 Persistent storage configured if not included by default
2 Rackspace isn’t clear on storage persistence on the web pages I was reading
3 Physical CPU cores
4 RAID5 built using 3 500 GiB 7200 RPM SATA hard disk drives

 

http://www.cloudorado.com/ has a configurable pricing model system that will allow you to build your perfect cloud system and then link you to providers with estimated pricing per month.