Amazon EC2 vs SoftLayer vs Slicehost
A while back I did a bit of research on how much it would cost to run a modest application on each of the following services:
- Amazon EC2 - elastic compute cloud, provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud.
- SoftLayer.com - cheaper alternative to Rackspace.com, various configurations of dedicated machines available.
- Slicehost.com - "Built for developers", VPS via Xen virtualization software and RAID 10 (or 1+0) disks.
Although the comparison isn't exactly apples to apples, it still gives you a rough idea.
|Feature||Amazon EC2 Small||Amazon EC2 Large||SoftLayer||Slicehost|
|Disk space (GB)||160||850||250||80|
|CPU Type||1.2 GHz Xenon||4x1.2GHZ||2.4 GHz Xenon||n/a|
|Kernel||32 bit||64 bit||64 bit||varies|
|CPU Cost (per month)||$73.20||$292.80||$179.00||$140.00|
|Bandwidth Cost ($/month)||$352.00||$352.00||$0.00 *||$0.00 *|
|Total Monthly Cost||$425.20||$644.80||$179.00||$140.00|
* Bandwidth overage fees: SoftLayer charges $0.10/GB, Slicehost charges $0.30/GB