A typical cloud storage model goes something like this: the customer buys a fixed amount of storage on a virtual machine and pays for that particular size, regardless of whether it’s entirely used. ElasticHosts is looking to change this model by offering “containerization”, whereby customers will pay for auto-scaling containers that literally fit their needs; thus, money is only spent on what is used. This, according to industry figures, could save users a whopping two billion dollars a year.
Data centers are on the rise as storage is growing at exponential rates, sucking up all the racks evacuated by server virtualization. As companies experience a growth in storage, data centers are an attractive option. Paying for what you need is, of course, even better.
Data infrastructure remains one of the top cost centers at most businesses, and it may be an expense that will be left to scrutiny when it comes to slashing budgets. ElasticHosts offers a low-cost, scalable alternative to the current state of affairs.
ElasticHosts said that Linux IaaS customers are being unnecessarily overcharged a total of $1.7 billion each year, based on an analysis of independent industry figures. Recent updates to the Linux kernel mean containerized servers can now be offered to cloud customers, where they are only charged for capacity they actually use, rather than what they provision, and as a result, wasted IaaS capacity could be eliminated.
“The latest updates to the Linux kernel have made containerized IaaS possible. This has huge ramifications for the IaaS market as customers no longer need to over provision – they are only charged for what they actually use and can therefore cut costs in half,” said Richard Davies, CEO and co-founder for ElasticHosts in a press statement. “In the same way that virtualization disrupted the physical server market; containerization is set to disrupt the cloud market and has the potential to deliver $1.7 billion worth of savings to Linux cloud computer users every year.”
Of course, there are other costs associated with using data centers for storage. Power is the second most important cost in a data center. Data center power is one of the areas where substantial gains continue to look quite attainable. It would make sense, then, that the future holds a more efficient, more cost-effective way of harnessing said power.
Companies like Server Technology (News - Alert) work alongside their customers on the support and management of the cabinet power distribution market for maximum uptime and efficiency, taking the guesswork out of data center power, with no worries about the future.
Edited by Rory J. Thompson