Amazon EC2 vs SoftLayer vs Slicehost

Published: 29 Aug 2008

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:

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
RAM (GB) 1.7 7.5 2 2
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
Bandwidth (GB/month) 2000 2000 2000 800
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