ProfitBricks Launches Virtual Data Center IaaS
IaaS provider ProfitBricks has launched a new virtual data center IaaS offering in an effort to completely re-engineer the delivery of cloud computing. This “next generation” IaaS offering provides live vertical scaling of CPU cores and RAM, making it possible to add resources to an instance or virtual machine without the need to reboot the server.
ProfitBricks is touting UnixBench performance benchmarks that show the new IaaS offering provides a 227 percent greater score than Amazon Web Services and 194 percent faster I/O than Rackspace. Besides ranking higher on UnixBench, ProfitBricks is positioning its value-add in terms of transparent by-the-minute pricing and usability.
According to ProfitBricks, its new IaaS provides several advantages:
- Live vertical scaling on large instances. Customers are not required to pre-select server sizes and can add new servers as they scale up. According to ProfitBricks, this is a most cost-effective alternative.
- Network flexibility. Built on InfiniBand technology, the IaaS enables customers to replicate in ProfitBricks’ cloud infrastructure whatever they can do locally. It can support up to eight ports per server with connection speeds eight times faster than Ethernet. According to ProfitBricks, customers can build any network configuration they want.
- By-the-minute pricing. Pricing is always a tricky subject when it comes to the sometimes quite complex cloud services offerings currently on the market. Look at the complaints Amazon regularly has to face about its complicated pricing structures. According to ProfitBricks, its by-the-minute pricing is based on four parameters and doesn’t contain any hidden fees.
“We deconstructed cloud infrastructure down to its most basic elements and discovered there was a far better way to deliver the service,” said Achim Weiss, ProfitBricks CEO, in a prepared statement. “We ended up reinventing the architecture, which allows us to offer substantially better performance and a new level of flexibility in cloud infrastructure. Our platform allows ProfitBricks to offer unprecedented services at prices others cannot touch because of legacy design and built-in costs.”
It sounds good from what Weiss is saying, but whether ProfitBricks’ IaaS truly lives up to its promises is unknown at this point. The company is focused heavily on its UnixBench performance benchmark, but it’s results that will really matter to customers — and, of course, to developers that choose to work with the company.