Cloud Hosting Vendor Comparison in 2022: Performance as the Key to Success

Welcome to the second post of our Cloud Hosting Vendor Comparison in 2022 series, where we give you a quick round-up of popular cloud options out there.

In our debut post of the series, we talked about how LayerStack offers a quality suite of products at a fraction of the price, but dollars and cents alone don’t make us an ideal alternative. “Price-performance” is where it is at. So this week, we will look at how LayerStack’s infrastructure competence is compared to AWS, DigitalOcean, Linode and Vultr.

Disclaimer: This post is compiled using publicly available information on the providers’ official websites. All information is for reference purposes only. The content may not be completely true or may become untrue in the future; we bear no responsibility for any listed information.

Proven Performance by Credible Benchmarks

LayerStack upholds superior performance by powering our cloud servers with Intel and even AMD EPYC processors – something that AWS, DigitalOcean, Linode and Vultr have yet to offer. Speedy data transfer and I/O operations are achieved enterprise-level PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD that Linode lacks. Optional boosters like market-leading NVIDIA GPU and Load Balancers also make LayerStack a better cloud partner than DigitalOcean or Vultr if you are looking for enhanced processing capabilities.

All these factors contribute to the fact that independent performance tests often place our cloud solutions at or near the top among AWS, Google Cloud and the like.

LayerStack’s General Purpose cloud server topped VPSBenchmark’s testing with impressive web performance, CPU power and stability. Our Dedicated CPU cloud servers also beat Google, DigitalOcean and Vultr, and took third place last year by the benchmarking platform.

Built to handle the most demanding workloads, our low-latency infrastructure outperforms our competitors in UnixBench tests by an overwhelming margin in areas including overall performance and write sequence.

Along with guaranteed unlimited traffic that comes with every LayerStack package, our cloud solutions have a proven track record of providing reliable service with tremendous capability. Read more comparisons of leading cloud service providers here, or head here for our service offerings.

Need more convincing? Don’t miss our next post where we discuss bandwidth traffic – the hidden devil of your budget.

Cloud Hosting Vendor Comparison in 2022: Get the Most Per Dollar

It’s easy to get lost in the sea of cloud service contenders. We hear you. That’s why, starting from this week, LayerStack is putting out a Cloud Hosting Vendor Comparison in 2022 series where you can find out why LayerStack’s solution can be the best alternative to your cloud needs.

(Disclaimer: This post is compiled using publicly available information on the providers’ official websites. All information is for reference purposes only. The content may not be completely true or may become untrue in the future; we bear no responsibility for any listed information.)

Kickstarting the series, we compare the prices of various product suites offered by popular cloud vendors, namely DigitalOcean, Linode and Vultr, and compare the offerings of various vCPU and RAM combinations. Take this as an example. A General Purpose plan with six shared vCPU, 16GB RAM at LayerStack costs US$42.22* per month, whereas Linode and Vultr are asking for US$80* per month.

If you are looking for better computing power, LayerStack offers Compute-Optimized plan with eight dedicated vCPU and 16GB RAM at US$96* per month (with more SSD storage as well!), saving you at least US$24* in every bill.

We strive to deliver high-performing cloud infrastructure and fast, reliable web performance at the best price.

How LayerStack differentiates from other cloud contenders

1. Transparent pricing model

If you have used AWS, Azure, Google Cloud or other major hyperscalers, you are probably no strangers to perplexing price structures and hidden fees. LayerStack boasts our straightforward price lists and absolute billing visibility that help you steer clear from any unmentioned costs. No longer will you have to worry about extra charges for reserved instances and orphaned snapshots. Everything is spelt out in the bill, and you can see how much exactly you will be paying ahead of time.

2. Truly unlimited traffic

A year has elapsed since our last product comparison, and we are proud to say that LayerStack is still one of the very few providers that offers unlimited traffic to all cloud packages.

Big names like Azure, AWS and Google bill users for network transfer by GBs while package-based cloud providers such as Linode and DigitalOcean have transfer limits and charge additional network transfer. On the contrary, LayerStack puts no cap on data transfer, nor do we impose any extra fee for the exceeded data usage. Instead, we have a “Fair Use Policy” in place for all plans, meaning when usage limit is reached, network transfer is available but at a lower speed to ensure high network availability to all LayerStack users. For you, this translates to no unexpected bills or abrupt system downtime in peak load times.

3. Wide breadth of features

LayerStack pledges to have your back and give you all the necessary support you need. From workload migration and API to individual firewalls and 24/7 human support, every plan of ours comes with a wide range of amenities, making your cloud journey as affordable as it can be.

Price admittedly isn’t the only factor you need to take into account. Stay tuned for our next post in the series where we will compare the performance among major cloud providers. Meanwhile, check out our solution packages here.

*The prices are based on the 12-month plan as listed on Jan 2021 in Singapore.

Cloud Computing: Top Trends to Look Out for in 2022

Cloud Computing was hyped as the next big thing that would transform how businesses operate many years ago. And in 2022, talk continues to turn into action – the pandemic has not only meant an acceleration in digital transformation and forced every industry to embrace cloud computing, but also become an essential characteristic for more companies to participate in a virtual environment.

Here we suggest six cloud computing trends to look out for in 2022 – we hope it can help your business understand more about cloud capabilities and maximize your potential for success.

1. Multi-cloud Infrastructure Becomes Mainstream

Multi-cloud system will be a significant digital transformation trend because of the ability to distribute cloud applications, software and asset across various cloud platforms. The transition from hybrid cloud to multi-cloud will be speed up in 2022, driving this trend globally.

According to a recent survey conducted by Valtix, world’s first cloud-network security platform, 95% of businesses are positioning multi-cloud infrastructure a strategic priority in 2022, with security (96%) on top of the agenda.

2. Virtual Desktops

As the end of the pandemic is not in sight, the work-from-home (WFH) setup will continue to have an impact on business and work. Workstation environments will increasingly be delivered via cloud-managed solutions to a desktop or laptop. While Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) platform will be an important solution to the hardware limitations of a workforce moving towards a hybrid model.

3. Boom in Cloud Gaming

Cloud gaming, also known as Gaming-on-Demand (GoD), is another cloud computing trend to pay attention in 2022. It not only eliminates the piracy problem but helps game developers to generate more revenue by allowing gamers to play more than one game at a time. Cloud gaming is for everyone given they have a gaming console and a stable Internet connection. With cloud gaming, one can easily stream his/ her favorite games and without the time waiting for downloading files and apps.

4. Edge Computing Gains Significance in Business

Edge computing trends play a significant role in business as edge deployments are the common terms in the world of technology. With the use of edge computing gadgets such as smartphones and autonomous vehicles that grow at a rapid rate, business professionals are reminded to stay relevant with edge trends in 2022.

With the next-generation wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi 6 and 5G to become a powerhouse for digital solutions, this also means their own cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Edge computing is an effective solution to mitigate such potential threats. 

5. Serverless Computing

Serverless computing, also known as Functions-as-a-Service (FaaS), is a form of cloud architecture that has gained popularity over the past years. It is a pay-as-you-go service which offers cloud computing to businesses without paying for bandwidth each month or signing any contracts with leasing servers. Serverless computing is considered a new generation of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and a prime driver for the growth of the serverless architecture market worldwide.

6. Open-Source Cloud

Many companies, especially new businesses, are concerned with being trapped into using a single cloud. Open-source software refers to a unique software licensing agreement that allows end users to freely use or modify the software. Not surprisingly, it has been on the rise over the past few years, and there are no signs that this will slow down in 2022.

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What is Dedicated Cloud and why is it worth your attention

LayerStack has been offering various cloud servers packages – each comes with its unique benefits. Dedicated CPU plans give you undivided computing power while shared CPU plans render more economical options, all powered by state-of-art cloud infrastructure regardless. By sharing the same online environment, we are able to deliver cloud solutions at competitive prices.

Now, we are expanding our product lineup and giving you Dedicated Cloud, a new cloud solution where you enjoy every single high-performing cloud function that you love about us, but with larger flexibility on allocating your resources to unlock new business potentials.

What is Dedicated Cloud?

Hosting through a Dedicated Cloud server essentially means you are the only tenant of an isolated instance. While our existing dedicated CPU plans also deliver exclusive CPU power and other dedicated resources (resources including RAM is always dedicated across all LayerStack plans), you are entitled to greater flexibility on how you use your resources with Dedicated Cloud.

One key feature of this proprietary architecture is that you are given the right to grant clients access to portions of your hosting space. The trick here lies in the hypervisor. Our traditional cloud plans come with a pre-assigned LayerStack hypervisor – a controller that allows multiple tenants in a server. That means when you are one of the tenants in the cloud with any number of neighbors that have chosen the same amount of vCPU and memory as you have.

On the contrary, opting for our new Dedicated Cloud solution means you rent the entire cloud environment with a hypervisor to your name. This way, you can create multiple, separate virtual machines at will within the cloud environment that belongs to you and only you. Apart from this, it gives you absolute control over the setup, configurations, and where your resources go in each of these VMs. With a new level of resources mobility, get ready to embrace great opportunities for better resource utilization or even subletting extra cloud space to other users.

How you can capitalize on Dedicated Cloud – common use case scenarios

1. Cost-efficient resource utilization

With the ability to freely allocate resources as you please, you can design and manage different instances for specific projects down to the finest requirements. Create an optimal system that saves your budget by intelligently directing resources from tasks with low CPU usages to serve resource-intensive applications. Free up server resources from backend operations and testing environments for resource-demanding real-time data processing or machine learning.

2. Customized hosts to fit varying task nature

Creating separate and highly-configurable servers is a big part of Dedicated Cloud. Tailor your individual hosting environment depending on the application’s functions and workloads. With this isolated design, you can better control network traffic and manage your website’s performance. Not only does this maximize efficient use of resources, ensure stability and reduce cost, it also gives your privacy-sensitive applications an extra layer of protection. Say goodbye to peak-season network congestion and unwanted data breach.

3. Customized hosts to fit your clients’ most unique hardware requirements

Not all applications ask for the same hardware specifications and configurations. Running an e-commerce platform or AI application will cost you much more CPU power and memory than a virtual desktop. Dedicated Cloud allows you to set up multiple isolated instances and takes control of features like storage and bandwidth to handle various tasks. It is also a great setup for catering to various clients with distinctive hardware needs

4. Subletting extra resources

Think of having a spare room in your apartment. LayerStack’s Dedicated Cloud allows you to be your own boss and sublet extra cloud space to clients with similar nature or business functions. It’s an ideal solution for businesses that work with small businesses or simply want some extra cash to cover their IT expenses.

Does our Dedicated Cloud solution sound appealing to you? Should you have any questions regarding our Cloud Servers, please feel free to contact us by email to [email protected].

LayerStack’s One-Click apps are here for instant, sweat-free deployment

In a world where everything from bill payments to takeout orders is done in literally one click, there’s no reason why your app installation be anything different. That’s why LayerStack brought in One-Click apps so you can deploy ready-to-go software with a single tap of your finger.

From WordPress, Magento, Joomla! and Asterisk to Ubuntu 20 with LAMP or LEMP, our new feature provides pre-configured environments for quick and easy app deployment. All you need to do is select the app you want in your LayerPanel and let the system do the heavy lifting for you.

To install LAMP or LEMP, select from the dropdown menu under “Ubuntu 20”. With WordPress, Magento and other apps, simply choose under “One-click Apps”.

It just takes 60 seconds and a few clicks to complete the deployment!  Stop wasting time navigating intricate installation processes and enjoy the simplicity that our One-Click apps bring.

TR Computer has a noble mission but a tight budget, and here’s how LayerStack can help

Tired of slicing and dicing your budget to fit your cloud bill? You are not alone.

SMEs like TR Computer share similar struggles when they first start. Despite having a virtuous vision of making education accessible to a broader community, things didn’t go as planned as the library services provider was strapped for budget as well as the necessary workforce for building their own server.

Find out here about how LayerStack helps TR Computer cut costs by easing their transition into cloud hosting so they can put their budget to even better use.

How LayerStack’s top-class cloud solution wins eRun’s heart

It’s century-old wisdom: It’s all in the details. eRun learned it the hard way when one flop in the smallest detail from its previous cloud provider almost led to catastrophic results.

From control penal design to deployment arrangements, LayerStack vows that every finest detail is meticulously thought out, maximizing productivity while minimizing worries.

Read here to learn how LayerStack’s best-of-class solution and services have helped the creator of the award-winning point-of-sales (POS) solution provider streamline its workflow.

First videos of our tutorial series are here on LayerStack’s YouTube channel

It’s here! The first videos of LayerStack’s tutorial series are up on our YouTube channel!

In the following months, we will upload various step-by-step illustrations of how to make the best use of our cloud solutions. Starting off with LayerStack account registration and cloud server deployment, setting up the Static IP Address and Network Card for your cloud servers and installing telnet client through command prompt on Windows cloud servers, our videos will guide you through the process to make your cloud journey with us as stress-free as it can be.

From practical tutorials to the latest intel about our products, our channel has plenty more where that came from. If you like the videos and want more, click ‘like’ and ‘subscribe’ so you don’t miss out. Leave a comment to let us know what you think.

From painful to pain-free: Here’s how GoGo Eshop snapped out of its cloud nightmare

Unstable server uptime and frozen networks are the last things any business needs. And when you are an e-commerce solution company, those are the kiss of death.

Read here about the story of GoGo Eshop and learn how LayerStack helps the e-commerce company snap out of its downward spiral by offering a reliable and safe cloud solution, turning the cloud journey from painful to pain-free.

Building customer trust is not easy, that’s why Recolo chose LayerStack

Growing a business is every bit as challenging as starting one, proven by the story of Recolo Consulting – an over-a-decade-old consultation agency that looks to make positive impacts on their clients’ businesses and bring success to companies around the world. Like any well-established brand, Recolo Consulting needs a cloud partner that helps them build and secure their hard-earned credibility.

Read the story to know more about the agency’s journey with LayerStack, how we streamline their web hosting needs and what they love about our services.