11 thoughts on “XCalibre To Bring Utility Computing To Euro Web Startups”

  1. I want clarify one point in your story. XCalibre is using Virtual Iron’s server virtualization and management platform. While this includes the Xen open source hypervisor, there is no connection between Virtual Iron and XenSource or Citrix.

    XCalibre selected Virtual Iron’s solution over XenSource’s and we’re very pleased to be working with them. Thanks for the opportunity to clarify.

  2. Because Amazon is now “capacity constrained,” they made changes to the S3 pricing plan:

    $0.01 per 1,000 PUT or LIST requests
    $0.01 per 10,000 GET and all other requests*
    * No charge for delete requests.

    So now uploading 1GB of 4K files will cost $2.72 instead of $0.20. Time-out often occur on downloads but you’ll get charge for requests anyway…

    Amazon is “adding new data center capacity and disk space as fast as we can,” Bezos said.


    Technology Review (September 28, 2006): In your keynote talk you spoke about the benefits of S3, EC2, and other Amazon Web services for small businesses that don’t want to invest in building data centers. But isn’t there a benefit in it for Amazon as well? You get to put the vast computing and storage capacity you’ve built around the world, which would otherwise go unused, to gainful employment. I imagine there are times when you’re using less than half of your capacity.

    Jeff Bezos: There are times when we’re using less than 10 percent of capacity. And that is one of the advantages of doing things this way–it promises higher rates of hardware utilization. That’s a system-wide efficiency that should make everybody happy.


    “My big concern for startups buying into services from other startups is the issue of longevity and reliability of the service.”

    Looks to me… AWS is on the same boat. With the price increase to buy more servers, latency issues, and now capacity problems… so much for the $2 billion system.

    Can Xcalibre handle a smugmug.com on their grid?

    Flexiscale in my opinion has better pricing than Amazon.

  3. I have had sites hosted with xcalibre for almost 5 years now and they are excellent people. Great support and service. If they are ‘going for it’ with this product you can bet it will be good. They will stick around too I’m sure.

  4. What makes Amazon EC2 great is their API. Flexiscale appears to make no mention of one or even having one.

    Also interesting, their cost per hour for 2.GB is £0.20, which is almost twice as much as EC2. But to be fair their lowest offering is about the same.

  5. Competition is always good and there are plenty of customers out there who like the comfort factor of know their data is hosted within the EU jurisdiction. As a service provider to end-users we will certainly look with interest on the better SLAs, static IP addresses and management capabilities as significant differentiators from Amazon (which we use currently).

  6. Nirvanix has done very well since its launch over a month ago, offering 24/7 customer service and a SLA, makes it an easy choice over S3.

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