New Cloud Server….something I can sell

Now, not to talk down on 1&1 products, heck this has been a great job thus far, but 1&1 products were really not that competitive in terms of abilities, instead it was always just a place to get a cheap deal. This held true when I was first a client in 2005, and it held true all the way up until I saw the new Cloud Servers that launched June 13th. Finally we had something that I could sell. You see, previously, it was almost impossible for me to upsell Traditional VPS’, Dedicated Servers, or the old Cloud Servers, when all my clients I spoke to were talking to me because they had an issue with that same service. The only thing I could do is say “well, you could upgrade to the next one up……it’ll give you more space/power/etc”. The problem was and still is, that it doesn’t actually tend to the needs of the client.

Common Problems

– Customer has a Dedicated Server, say the A8i, which comes with 8Cores of Intel Atom, 8GB of Ram, and 1TB of space for $80/month. Well the customer has reached a disk space limit and needs more space. Say a good 500GB or just to keep it simple, another 1TB. Well the next line up from the A8i is the X4i which has a Xeon 4Core, 16GB Ram, and 1TB of space for $119/month. -_- Problem not solved. Customer could benefit from more Ram and a stronger CPU, but the space problem is still a problem. Infact, the only dedicated solutions to upgrade to are either the Outlet Server Business XL8 or the Performance Server o12A-32. The XL8 has an 8Core AMD, 16GB Ram, and 1.5TB for $119.99, while the o12A-32 is a 32GB Ram Server with a 12Core AMD Processor and 2TB of space for $199.99. So when the only need you have is you need more disk space, you’re going to have to forego your current CPU architecture (admittedly for a better line), get a crap ton of RAM you probably don’t need, and end up paying between $40 and $110 extra for 500GB and 1TB respectively. That’s a lot for just some more space. Tack on that the migration is on the customer, and you got a pretty big┬áprice tag┬áto consider.

– Another customer has a VPS, doesn’t really matter how old it is, let’s just focus on current offerings, and say they have a VPS L. 2vCores, 2GB Ram, 150GB HDD for $20/month. Customer previously felt a bit sluggish on a HDD and decides to pay the $5/month extra for SSD but at an additional cost of losing 75GB of space. 2vCores, 2GB Ram, 75GB SSD for $25. Compared to competitors, we’re still doing pretty good. DigitalOcean for instance has the CloudVPS of 2vCores, 2GB Ram, and 40GB SSD for $20. The next line up is 4GB Ram, 2vCore, and 60GB SSD for $40/month. Where we lose out is flexible configurations. Traditional VPS’s can only be upgraded to other VPS pre-determined configurations (M, L, XL, XXL). Once you cap the XXL, you need a new server. Provisioning takes a short period of time, but it’s not 55secs. So further needs will result in a new contract. Still better than our competitors if we’re looking for a deal on getting a VPS, but then the next common problem needs to be weighed.

– Private Networking / Load Balancing is impossible with 1&1 Dedicated and Traditional VPS’, as well as our previous Cloud Server offerings. So anyone who had a Cloud Server prior to June 13th, needs to get a new Cloud Server contract to get Private Networking, Internet Routing, or even Load Balancing. Even if your servers are in the same datacenter, which for the most part, you’re hosted in the same datacenter, you can not ping the internal IP address and communicate with each other.

The Cloud holds the solution

We now provide Internal networking, SAN storage between your clouds, and even Load Balancing!

All of these issues are solved with the new Cloud Servers we offer. Customers can choose our preset configurations in the common M, L, XL, XXL series and benefit from great savings, or pay the full price premium of being able to scale the resources at any time for as ever long as needed. We now provide Internal networking, SAN storage between your clouds, and even Load Balancing! Some of our competitors need you to order another Cloud package, spin up the server, and then install and run 3rd Party software like HAProxy to achieve Load Balancing. For us, you just purchase an additional IP for an additional $5, and connect that IP to your Load Balancer. Then assign all your Servers to the load balancer, set the ports for the balancer to point to, and off you go.

Here’s a few configurations and comparisons. A few things to keep in mind which could be considered to lead to bias results, I’m only comparing packages and not flexible configurations. The companies below don’t offer Flexible configurations and the configurations and prices are set due to the competition at the time. 1&1 is being different in the sense that we offer our packages at a great discount, with No Bandwidth Limits, all while giving the choice to pay for more space as needed on a flexible scale. Keep in mind the spec differences as Atlantic provides vastly different disk space options than everyone else.

1&1 Cloud

Cloud M
$9.99
1vCore
1GB Ram
40GB SSD
No Bandwidth Limits
 
 
Cloud L
$19.99
2vCore
2GB Ram
80GB SSD
No Bandwidth Limits
 
 
Cloud XL
$29.99
2vCore
4GB Ram
120GB SSD
No Bandwidth Limits
 
 
Cloud XXL
$49.99
4vCore
8GB Ram
160GB SSD
No Bandwidth Limits
 
 
Flex - Compared to 1&1 XXL Discount
$97.92
4vCore
8GB Ram
160GB SSD
No Bandwidth Limits
 
Flex has a premium pricetag
Flex - Compared to Linode 8GB Specs
$115.20
6vCore
8GB Ram
200GB SSD
No Bandwidth Limits
 
Flex has a premium pricetag

Digital Ocean

Nothing to compare
$5
512MB Ram
1vCore
20GB SSD
1TB Transfer Limit
Compare to 1&1 Cloud M
$10
1GB Ram
1vCore
30GB SSD
2TB Transfer Limit
Compare to 1&1 Cloud L
$20
2GB Ram
2vCore
40GB SSD
3TB Transfer Limit
Compare to 1&1 Cloud XL
$40
4GB Ram
2vCore
60GB SSD
4TB Transfer Limit
Compare to 1&1 Cloud XXL
$80!!!
8GB Ram
4vCore
80GB SSD
5TB Transfer Limit

Linode

Compare to 1&1 Cloud M
$10
1GB RAM
1vCore
24GB SSD
2TB Transfer Limit
Compare to 1&1 Cloud L
$20
2GB RAM
2vCores
48GB SSD
3TB Transfer
Compare to 1&1 Cloud XL
$40
4GB RAM
4vCores
96GB SSD
4TB Transfer
Compare to 1&1 Cloud XXL
$80
8GB RAM
6vCores
192GB SSD
8TB Transfer

Atlantic.Net

Nothing to compare
$4.97
512MB Ram
1vCore
20GB SSD
2TB Transfer Limit
Compare to 1&1 Cloud M
$9.93
1GB Ram
1vCore
40GB SSD
3TB Transfer Limit
Compare to 1&1 Cloud L
$19.94
2GB Ram
2vCore
80GB SSD
4TB Transfer Limit
Compare to 1&1 Cloud XL
$39.95
4GB Ram
2vCore
100GB SSD
5TB Transfer Limit
Compare to 1&1 Cloud XXL
$79.97 !!
8GB Ram
4vCore
160GB SSD
6TB Transfer Limit

 

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