Jumping right into those cloud computing wars between the likes of Google, Microsoft, IBM and of course — AWS in the cloud com, domain registrar firm GoDaddy has launched its own Cloud Servers and Cloud applications.
The new offerings are designed keeping in mind the requirements of small businesses and independent developers, tech entrepreneurs and IT professionals to quickly build, test and scale cloud solutions.
With the launch of Cloud Servers, GoDaddy aims to extend our lead as the number one trusted provider of Cloud Hosting solutions for individual developers and technologists. We’re looking to make it easy for developers to serve small businesses with the technology they want,
said Jeff King, SVP & GM Hosting, Security at GoDaddy.
He further added,
By offering a powerful, yet simple cloud offering that integrates domains, DNS, security and backups all in one place, developers can save time and exceed their clients’ expectations.”
GoDaddy’s cloud servers are built on OpenStack and powered by purpose-built KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) virtualization. With SSDs (solid-state drives) across the board, these Cloud Servers are expected to offer excellent performance due to very fast I/O (Input/Output).
For deploying cloud applications, GoDaddy has partnered with a startup called Bitnami which offers a library for open source server application deployments.
This partnership will help in providing one-click optimized installation for application solutions like CMS (eg: WordPress and Drupal), CRM (eg: Odoo and OpenERP) and e -commerce( eg: OpenCart and Magento).
We’re excited for GoDaddy’s international customer base to take advantage of our capabilities – joining the millions of developers and business users who save time and effort with our library’s consistent, secure and optimized end-user experience. We’re proud to partner with GoDaddy in serving this global market of advanced SMB-focused developers,
said Erica Brescia COO and Co-Founder at Bitnami on their partnership with GoDaddy.
The new services are kept on a ‘pay as you go’ basis, starting at $5/month for the 20GB option (working out to $0.01/hour), 512MB of memory, 1 core processor, 20BM SSD disk and 1TB of transfer.
The upper limit of the services stand at $80/month for the 80GB option with 8GB of memory, 4 core processor, 80GB SSD disk and 8TB of transfers.
The new cloud services will be integrated with Domains and DNS services so that the existing customers of GoDaddy who previously had to go for other cloud solutions, can now transfer them seamlessly with GoDaddy cloud solutions.
GoDaddy, which went public last year, has been showing its interest in the cloud computing domain for quite some time now. It recently acquired the public cloud customer division of Apptix for $22.5 million.
Last year, it launched GoDaddy Pro program to offer free tools and support for its customers. This included support for various SaaS activities like WordPress hosting, running virtual private services and now support for cloud servers and apps.