This week, we jumped to cloud hosting, abandoning (well, about to) our VPS server hosting. Cloud hosting is, as I learned, the future of web hosting. For about a month, I’ve investigated Rackspace Cloud and I’m trilled to be migrating our entire business to them. I’m seeing a whole lot of new business opportunities with this move — something that I will try to announce later when it’s ready.
Here are my initial impressions with Rackspace Cloud:
1. Their Fanatical Support is rock solid awesome. Some hosting companies offer email support. They offer 24/7 chat and telephone support. I’ve been chatting with their staff each time I have questions. And they’ve been helpful. There’s nothing like knowing you have real people on stand by if you need help.
2. I’ve been transferring huge sites. Since they don’t allow shell access, I gzip my files, have them download it, and unzip it to my account. Pretty helpful.
3. This I still have to confirm: you can register domains through them for $10/year. I am about to register a bunch of .cc domain to which GoDaddy sells at $19/year and NameCheap at $29/year. Their support staff said, any kind of domain costs $10/year. If this is true, how cool would that be? Still have to confirm again, though. :)
All in all, the experience is pleasant. It’s kinda pricey at $100/mo. if you’re hosting just a domain or two. The solution’s primarily for web application/web development businesses. But, that’s why we’re coming up with a solution so you too can experience the cloud ;-)
Its going to be an exciting ride!