HP has announced a public beta of HP Cloud services. Price for the beta is 50% of the regular price.
It looks like
- computing prices are 1 to 4 cents per gB-core/h depending on classification from small to super-dooper large,
- object storage is 12 cents per gB/month,
- storage requests are 1 cent per K requests,
- uploads are free and downloads are 5-12 cents per gB, and
- cloud bandwidth is 7 to 39 cents per gB depending on billing address and not where the content is consumed.
It’s always fun to shop and, at these rates, this blog would cost about 4 cents/h for compute, 25 cents for bandwidth and 36 cents/month for storage, about $30/month… I think I will stay where I am. Still, it must be attractive for a lot of businesses to do a calculation like this instead of maintaining staff, real-estate, power-company, etc. It’s an interesting business model, the customer taking care of the content mostly and the supplier taking care of a bunch of machines somewhere.
“HP Cloud Services offer a public cloud infrastructure along with platform services and cloud solutions. Designed with OpenStack™ technology, the open-sourced-based architecture ensures no vendor lock-in, improves developer productivity, features a full stack of easy-to-use tools for faster time to code, provides access to a rich partner ecosystem, and is backed by personalized customer support.”
I expect HP will find customers for this thing. It’s a good example of a business using Free Software to make money. HP is one of 170 companies contributing to OpenStack.