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](http://aws.amazon.com/ec2) - elastic compute cloud, provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud.
- [SoftLayer.com](http://www.softlayer.com) - cheaper alternative to [Rackspace.com](http://www.rackspace.com), various configurations of dedicated machines available.
- [Slicehost.com](http://www.slicehost.com) - "Built for developers", VPS via Xen virtualization software and [RAID](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redundant_array_of_independent_disks) 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