Cloud Computing is offered in many ways like IaaS, SaaS, PaaS and much more evolving technologies. While the cloud computing world is growing day by day, end users are always confused about which company provides the best service and maximum uptime. Apart from them maintenance and protection of your cloud is crucial to survive in this infected cyber world. Your Cloud must be well configured, Managed, Protected and Optimized.
- Amazon Web Services: The leader in Cloud Computing world offering many possibilities under a single hood. You can mould your cloud your way and secure it through Amazons friendly control panel. The Pricing is very competitive and cheap compared to others.
Amazon Web Services has a free usage tier for one year. All you need is a credit card and a mobile.
- Microsoft Azure: A PaaS model that helps developers get the most out of the cloud by helping them tune their API’s to their needs. The Azure is also used by many top notch companies for day to day applications and for cloud based services.
- Open Shift: A platform provided by the leader of Open Source, Red Hat. OpenShift is the Red Hats answer to Cloud Computing. The JBoss framework is also available in the OpenShift plans. Open Shift is a PaaS model from Red Hat that offers free service trials along with good plans for enterprises. Deploying your apps on Red Hat servers is just a click away.
- Pingdom: Everyone needs to measure their website uptime to make sure their cloud service is running well and they get the resources for what they pay. It has been a leader in checking the website speeds and has launched its own website uptime monitoring based on the cloud.
- GitHub: The home of many open source coders and developers. It is code with a social twist. Helps you fork stuff, host your app code on it cloud and share it with others through the apps URL.
GitHub is much more than Google Code and has better features. In this aspect Google code sucks.
- Bitnami: Those who use Amazon AWS will know Bitnami for sure. It provides AMI’s with many reconfigured application stacks reducing code and improving productivity. You can use Bitnami to deploy your Amazon AWS micro instance free of charge.
- Copper Egg: We use Copper Egg to measure CloudPlugged and Technograte uptime and server configurations. It has instant email updates and helps you maintain your server health and uptime. It’s free to measure websites uptime but for server health management, you are limited to only two servers. You can always pay for more.
- Cloudability: Again another app we use to see what we are spending and how much we are spending on the cloud(s). It is free and you can measure the cost and analyse them in the form of graphs. Good for tracking what you are actually spending on.
- New Relic: The best and fancy server monitoring tool. I always like to show-off my New Relic server pages to my friends. The free plan helps you monitor apps and measure server health but with limited options. You should always keep a track of your server’s health now and then. This is the tool for checking your server and app health. The free plan has no instant email update stuff but good for checking the health.
- Heroku: A cloud application platform that simplifies app hosting. To deploy an app, you don’t need a server. That is exactly what Heroku proves. You can code your API’s to handle your Traffic, backend code and all that’s in between.
These Cloud services and cloud computing companies are only some of the best in the vast world of Cloud computing service vendors. We have compiled this list based on our usage and general ratings of these vendors.
Here is a list of Free Cloud Services compiled by Xeround and categorized into various cloud services. For cloudn00bs, Xeround is a cloud based database management tool to improve performance and reduce load on your server. Many people might argue that cloud database can’t work any magic but the truth is it can. The standard databases like MySQL will consume server resources for all that happens with it. This is the point where traditional databases suck (Sorry MySQL! No offense but that’s the truth).