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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Rocky Linux as the next clone of CentOS

Misery may love company, but the right company heals misery, too. Red Hat’s controversial move of forgoing the development of CentOS towards the end of this year has upset many. But in times of crisis like this, the Linux community always shows their ability to adapt and selflessly make change for the better.

In March came AlmaLinux, a one-for-one open-source CentOS clone developed by the creator of CloudLinux. Getting its name from the Latin word for “soul”, AlmaLinux pulls together the collective wisdom of the Linux community and delivers robust and stable performance that is praised by all accounts. That’s why we, too, jumped on the bandwagon and has started offering AlmaLinux as one of our operating systems and ISO templates.

And the good news does not stop there, a beta version of yet another replacement has joined the party. On the last day of April, Rocky Linux launched a release candidate – Rocky Linux 8.3 Release Candidate 1, a community enterprise operating system believed to be a reliable substitution of CentOS with complete bug-for-bug compatibility.

The intelligent minds behind the creation are led by one of the founders of the CentOS project, Gregory Kurtzer. Similar to the AlmaLinux, this new Linux distribution is developed and supported by the joint effort of the Linux community. The final release of the actual operating system is yet to announce, but the release candidate is now available and serves as a testing ground for IT professions to dip their toes in the waters of Rocky Linux, trying out features, validating its functionalities and reporting issues before the official launch.

According to Kurtzer, the system is intentionally built to resemble CentOS. Everything from installation to actual operation should be instantly familiar to users of the old platform, making it as much of an easy swap as possible.

If you are also interested in this new kid in the block, visit the download page here and give it a go!

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AlmaLinux to join LayerStack’s Cloud Servers Family

April is the month of rebirth. It is where Easter falls. Astrologically, it is when the sun enters Aries – the first zodiac sign that marks the beginning of the new year (happy birthday to all the Aries!). It’s also the start of a new fiscal year, and schools in Japan start in April.

All I’m trying to say is, this is a perfect time for new thing – AlmaLinux, the new enterprise-grade Linux distribution. Upon the beta release last month, the new operating system is now officially launched as CentOS’s replacement.

The mastermind behind is the creator of CloudLinux that we have known for years and loved by over 4,000 tech companies worldwide. With such a solid foundation, expertise, stability and reliability, the license-free AlmaLinux OS is poised to follow CloudLinux’s success in filling the gap of CentOS EOL.

Named after the Latin word for “soul”, AlmaLinux taps into the collective wisdom of the Linux community in its creation and future maintenance. This means the Linux distribution will be owned and governed by the community. Due to its open-source nature, it allows IT professionals to tack on any issues, as well as explore and contribute to the AlmaLinux community.

In the month of rebirth, souls reincarnate. To help you embrace in this exciting journey, LayerStack is excited to announce that we will include AlmaLinux as part of our cloud servers option. Most importantly we are committed to a simple yet seamless transition from CentOS to AlmaLinux with zero downtime for existing users.

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How LayerStack can help start-ups power through technical obstacles

Opting for a cloud service seems to be a big source of anxiety for many start-ups. It’s true that it takes a certain level of technical know-how (and to be completely honest, it’s not for everybody). Infinite scalability sounds like a synonym for infinite cost. And even with all the benefits that come along with cloud technology, those countless hours spent in tending the cloud just don’t seem to make it worth the pain.

We hear you. Start-ups have enough anxiety as they are without these stressors, and LayerStack is here to at least take these worries of yours out of the equation.

Intuitive and powerful control panel

A centralized panel is a key to effective management, and LayerStack has just that. Not only is it user-friendly, this comprehensive control panel allows you to monitor every detail of the servers – CPU and RAM usage, disk read/write, bandwidth usage – in the forms of intuitive charts, graphs and track systems, all through a web-based interface. It is also a place where you can manage a slew of features – including scale-ups and spin-downs – with just a few clicks.

If you have what it takes, the API that comes with our solutions gives you the option to customize the server with ease. You can build, scale and manage your cloud, exactly the way you want.

The same is also true when it comes to information access. Through the user permission management tool, you can assign users to various permission sets and have complete control over who can access what. All users will only see what you want them to see.

Predictable pricing

It is not uncommon that a cloud service provider charges based on data usage. It sounds logical – and it is. But when coupled with the instant scalability that cloud technology boasts, it could descend into a virtual nightmare, long before you realize it.

Many start-ups choose to use a cloud server for the very reason that it can handle unexpected traffic spikes, and you know what start-ups can’t handle? An unexpectedly huge bill.

At Layerstack, we offer cloud solutions with fixed, fully-transparent prices and unlimited bandwidth traffic. When data usage exceeds the “fair usage” threshold, our cloud service continues with a reduced network speed during the rest of the billing cycle instead of charging extra, keeping unpleasant surprises at bay. Plan upgrade is only a few clicks away if you want extra data credits with a guaranteed normal speed.

Necessary resources and the LayerStack Community

Even the most experienced IT experts may be stumped by the smallest technicalities, so if you are managing the infrastructure as a layman in a start-up, more power to you! LayerStack makes sure you will get the help you need, whenever you need it.

Make use of the preponderance of product documents and step-by-step tutorials – doing backups, setting up firewalls, protecting against DDoS attacks, addressing billing issues, and everything in between – available for free on our website.

You can also benefit from our LayerStack Community where you can ask questions, receive information about the latest features, explore possibilities, send feedback, and interact with fellow LayerStack users.

Cloud server managed service

A 9-to-5 workday can easily spiral into 7-to-10 if the cloud manager lacks the necessary technical knowledge to maintain the infrastructure. In fact, even with a tech-proficient team, overseeing every detail of the infrastructure could take hours. For start-ups, these hours would have been translated to important revenue that keeps the company up and running.

But that doesn’t have to be the case. Our cloud server managed service allows you to focus your time and energy on your business, and leave the heavy lifting to our world-class technical team. LayerStack will provide important API support, help with the operating system installation, carry out preliminary configurations of the server, backup and firewall to fit your needs, and many more. All you need to do is choose a server plan, opt for our managed service, and let LayerStack take the ball and run with it. Your time after hours should be spent on a family dinner, a night out with your friends, a romantic date with your loved one, not worrying about how to set up an e-mail server.

Free migration service

Not unlike moving into a new apartment, server migration is stress-inducing. This is why LayerStack offers free, customized server migration solutions that quell any anxiety you may have. After careful evaluation and planning by our cloud experts, your applications and database will be encrypted and migrated through a secure channel from your existing environment. The process is easy, secure, and fuss-free.

Every big company was once a start-up, and LayerStack has every way to help you power through any technological obstacles regarding cloud technology along the way. If you want to learn more about how start-ups can benefit from our services or need help getting started, feel free to contact us here.

We hope you’ll give the new products and updates a try. If you have an idea for improving our products or want to vote on other user ideas so they get prioritized, please submit your feedback on our Community platform. And if you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the Community.

NVIDIA’s GPU Powers Up LayerStack’s Cloud Server Services

At LayerStack, our infrastructure continues to evolve to best fit your ever-changing needs. This time, we bring you NVIDIA®’s GPU – an add-on now available to LayerStack’s selective plans – and the next-level acceleration that comes with it.

A universal deep learning accelerator sitting on a low-profile 75-watt PCI-e card, the performant GPU is powered by NVIDIA’s latest proprietary Turing Tensor Core technology that enhances thermal management and offers powerful, energy-efficient, mixed-precision computing (FP32 to FP16 to INT8 and INT4) in real time.

Thanks to the new Turing core built specifically for AI inferencing and diverse workloads, NVIDIA’s GPU is 9.3 times faster than using a CPU alone on training, 36 times faster on inference. Its advanced multi-precision computing ability makes it ideal for deep learning and inference applications, machine learning and data analytics. Factory automation and smart sensing are among many other use cases that benefit from the uprated GPU.

Parlaying NVIDIA’s RTX™ technology, the Turing core also boosts its graphics prowess by realizing instantaneous ray-traced rendering and delivering all the horsepower to produce photorealistic objects and environments. The ability to generate physically accurate shadows, reflections, and refractions is no longer curtailed. Equipped with the superlative GPU, LayerStack’s cloud solutions take high-quality video/image rendering tasks and intensive gaming in its stride.

Installation is fuss-free as the NVIDIA GPU fits into our infrastructure – both Windows and Linux – effortlessly. Check for details on LayerStack’s selective plans with NVIDIA GPU available.

We hope you’ll give the new products and updates a try. If you have an idea for improving our products or want to vote on other user ideas so they get prioritized, please submit your feedback on our Community platform. And if you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the Community.

Why Should You Adopt Cloud Servers?

Why Should You Adopt Cloud Servers? Benefits of Cloud Servers.

Cloud Servers has been a business trend for years. With cloud servers, documents and applications can be accessed through the internet on a quicker basis, cloud users can also practice Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) with any smart device for remote working.

It is accounted that more than 85% of businesses worldwide are making use of cloud technology to store and process data. In fact, 67% of enterprise has already turned into cloud-based. It is not surprising that the numbers keep rising today and cloud computing will become even more common in the coming future (Bulao, 2020) .

Below are some reasons why you should definitely adopt cloud solutions:

Reduce Cost

Reduce Cost with cloud servers

It is commonly agreed that application of cloud servers is able to help the organizations to cut cost which is the major reason for most of the enterprise moving workloads to the cloud. Companies can save costs from several aspects such as IT infrastructure, Energy cost, IT specialist and Data security. You can reach another blog article HERE for more details.

Scalability

Scalable Cloud Server

Scalability is another selling point of cloud servers. It may involve big investments and some time-consuming workloads to activate a physical machine, and that time lost may eventually affect your businesses. However, it takes only 5 mins to resize cloud servers to perfectly meet the changing needs and traffic spikes in a simple and cost-effective way.

Data Privacy and Security

Data Privacy and Security

Data security is the major concerns resisting businesses to apply cloud solutions. However, cloud servers are proved to be more secure than legacy system in most cases. Many cloud services possess different security solution like Firewalls, DDoS Attack Protection, Online Backup, Private Networking. You can reach another article HERE for more details.

Cloud Management

Simple Cloud Management

Cloud providers are responsible for the cloud management, once there is any error occurred, the trained specialist would respond immediately. Thus, employers do not need to worry about the IT training and the potential of human error which may lead to businesses disasters. Moreover, cloud users may apply backup solutions to prevent possible data corruption.

Conclusion

The business environment is changing rapidly, more and more workloads were moving to online to meet the changing needs. This move has been speeded up due to the outbreak of Covid-19, remote working has become more common today. Surely, there are many benefits for businesses to apply cloud computing solutions which are not discussed in this article. It is no doubt that you should get on board now and start enjoying the benefits of this megatrend!

 

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LayerStack And 2nd Gen AMD EPYC ™

LayerStack And 2nd Gen AMD EPYC 64 Core CPU

To cope with the demanding workloads, LayerStack maximize the cloud performance with AMD EPYC to deliver the best cloud computing service to our valued customers. Today, AMD dominates the cloud computing market, the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC™ Processors series is specifically designed for cloud-based solutions which sets a higher standard for cloud deployments. Innovative design makes AMD EPYC™ #1 in performance across industry to propel cloud users’ workloads simply and cost-effectively.

LayerStack Cloud Configuration & Use Case

LayerStack Cloud Server CPU Configuration and Use Case

LayerStack cloud servers are configured with top-class AMD EPYC aiming to provide leading cloud efficiency in the industry. It delivers outstanding values for users to manage most of the general and CPU-intensive workloads such as machine learning, video editing, compiling programs and AD serving.

 

Enhance Performance By High Ranked AMD EPYC

LayerStack standard cloud servers uses 2nd Gen AMD EPYC 64 Core CPU. All selected CPU are with 64 cores and 128 threads and launched after Q3 2019. They runs with base clock speed 2.0 GHz and max. turbo boost 3.4 GHz. Moreover, LayerStack’s coming high frequency CPU servers are configured with AMD EPYC 7742 with higher operating frequency and turbo speed.

CPU Comparison By Geekbench Browser

The new High Frequency CPU Cloud Server (Launch on 27/10/2020) is specially for CPU-intensive cloud usage. We have conducted a simple comparison for the CPU used by top cloud providers with Geekbench Browser on 23rd Oct , a cross-platform processor benchmark to evaluate single-core and multi-core performance. We purchased the most similar optimized-CPU servers with 2 vCPU and 4GB Ram directly from each provider for comparison. It can be seen that LayerStack High Frequency CPU Server is rated the highest with 7919 multi-core score. Vutlr is ranked second with 7820 points. AWS Lightsail and DigitalOcean are at the third and the fourth place with 6246 and 4670 points respectively.

 

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Full Geekbench Report of Server’s CPU Performance:
1. LayerStack High Frequency Plan 2. Vultr High Frequency Compute Plan
3. DigitalOcean CPU-Optimized Droplets 4. Amazon Lightsail Plan

Move Backwards From Multi-cloud to Single Cloud Provider?

Why Users Should Move Backwards From Multi-cloud to Single Cloud Provider?

Multi-cloud is the use of two or more cloud providers. Many enterprises divide the businesses into several parts and place in different cloud environment. Although multi-cloud strategy might give businesses extra values, the risks of multi-cloud outweigh the benefits. Placing data in several providers may reduce the data security because securing a multi-cloud environment can be significantly more difficult than with a single cloud provider. In fact, moving the workloads from multiple cloud providers to one can also enhance the efficiency and lower the cost. In this article, it will discuss about the benefits of cloud integration and what solutions are available to keep your data secure.

Save Cost

Single Cloud Save Cost From Multi-Cloud

One key selling points of cloud is the scalability, cloud server can be freely upgraded and downgraded. In fact, the subscription fee of larger-sized server tends to be much cheaper than small-sized server combinations. Besides, cloud users are installing diverse software in servers, the IT expenses of software licenses like antivirus software can be reduced.

Employee Training

Single Cloud Save Employee Training Time

The systems of cloud providers are most likely different, it requires large effort and is time-consuming to train IT staff to control multiple cloud computing platforms. It is also very hard for them to manage the cloud and the data in usual as cloud structure is complicated especially when workloads are involved with hybrid cloud infrastructure and multi-cloud strategy.

Security Concern

Single Cloud Provider's Data Security Solutions

Cloud providers are offering different solutions to protect clients’ data, such as auto-backup and DDoS protection. Auto-backup refers to automatic snapshot of the cloud server that users can restore the servers in any disasters. Due to the big cost saved from single cloud, they can activate these features without any extra investment to enjoy entire protection to the cloud.

Virtual Private Cloud

Global Virtual Private Cloud VPC

For sensitive data, global virtual private cloud (VPC) is an advanced solution for users to keep data like confidential projects, customer information and transaction data. It works with global private network and a true isolated instance. VPC is also effective in safeguarding business from disasters. Data can be real-time mirroring to those isolated instances and work properly to minimize the negative impacts.

 

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