Nephoscale Announces Cloud Service to Compete With AWS, Rackspace

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IaaS provider launches public cloud-as-a-service as an alternative to Amazon Web Services and Rackspace Cloud.

IaaS provider launches public cloud-as-a-service as an alternative to Amazon Web Services and Rackspace Cloud. IaaS provider launches public cloud-as-a-service as an alternative to Amazon Web Services and Rackspace Cloud. IaaS provider Nephoscale launched a public cloud-as-a-service that is positioned as an alternative to Amazon Web Services and Rackspace Cloud.

According to the company the implementation of CloudScript 2.0 delivers up to ten times greater infrastructure provisioning and configuration management efficiency. Nephoscale also promises that its services are substantially cheaper than its rivals.

"Infrastructure management is now a software development activity, and the adoption of DevOps is now becoming an organizational requirement. IT departments, developers, and business managers are now dealing with this new reality," said Bruce Templeton, CEO of Nephoscale, in a prepared statement. "The answer is a platform that allows users to manage all resources, applications stacks, code, and their associated dependencies in an easy-to-use and centralized fashion.  To stay relevant, cloud service providers must build next-generation cloud infrastructure platforms that are built from the ground-up to support DevOps."

Nephoscale's public cloud offering comes with support for idempotent operations to retry configuration changes as often as necessary without causing unintended effects, support for a CloudScript Interpreter, as well as embedded code which can be included in its native form without alteration. There is also a range of new configuration management features such as the ability to run init scripts at boot time, the headless installation of Chef/Puppet from within a CloudScript, and a view of post execution output and results of scripts from within the customer portal.

Nephoscale offers cloud servers starting with one core, 10 GB of space and 250 MB of RAM to 16-core servers with 32 GB RAM and 1.2 TB storage. Pricing begins at $0.020/hr for a single-core server and reaches to $0.938/hr for a 16-core, 32 GB server, excluding additional fees.


Wolfgang Gruener is a contributor to Tom's IT Pro. He is currently principal analyst at Ndicio Research, a market analysis firm that focuses on cloud computing and disruptive technologies, and maintains the conceivablytech.comblog. An 18-year veteran in IT journalism and market research, he previously published TG Daily and was managing editor of Tom's Hardware news, which he grew from a link collection in the early 2000s into one of the most comprehensive and trusted technology news sources.

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