Amazon Web Services
Amazon Web Services or “AWS” for short, was the Infrastructure-as-a-Service platform that launched the cloud computing revolution, and continues to lead in the breadth of services available for developers and IT professionals. AWS has been recognized as a “Leader” in the top-right corner of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for ability to execute and completeness of vision for 8 consecutive years, as of 2018.
AWS became its own business within Amazon when the e-commerce company recognized that the systems architecture that supports its own world-scale operations could be sold to other businesses. The idea of on-demand, pay-as-you-go infrastructure with the ability to scale up-or-out infinitely was popularized by Amazon starting in 2006, when AWS became generally available. The rest of the cloud industry tends to follow and iterate upon AWS’ APIs, SDKs, and service models.
Beyond infrastructure, Amazon is also an innovator in services higher up in the stack such as managed databases, big data analytics, message queuing, machine vision, media transcoding, and desktop-as-a-service.
Cycle.io is a managed containers-as-a-service platform for deploying and managing applications within your own private cloud. Any application shipped as a Docker container is ideal for hosting on Cycle, taking the pain out of managing an orchestrator on your own. Cycle is a member of the Linux Foundation, and has adopted the standards of the Open Container Initiative (OCI). Petrichor Inc, the parent company of Cycle, is a VC-backed venture that has received several rounds of seed funding since 2016.
Cycle sets itself apart from other container environments by running on dedicated bare-metal servers for maximal performance and security. The complexities of maintaining your container hosts are abstracted away by CycleOS, a software-defined fabric and control plane that handles scheduling, DNS, image storage, and much more. Cycle even has its own YAML format for declarative deployments dubbed cycle.yml, making it a snap to migrate Docker Compose and Stack deployments to the platform.
CycleOS is available today on the Cycle Platform, with a choice of upstream infrastructure providers including Packet.net (more to be added soon). In the near future, CycleOS will be available for deployment on-premise as an optimized distribution for container cluster hosts.
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DigitalOcean is a cloud provider based in New York with simple pricing on compute, storage, and networking services. It is home to the $5 droplet, where you can spin up a fully working Linux VPS for a month, at less than the price of a latte. Since DigitalOcean’s inception, they have doubled the memory available on their most inexpensive tier from 512MB to 1GB.
DigitalOcean’s first and most loyal audience is developers, who appreciate the simplicity of an uncluttered dashboard with the essentials: virtual machines, object/block storage, and load balancers. There are also one-click installs for popular open-source applications, and currently DigitalOcean is beta testing a Kubernetes-as-a-Service offering for containerized workloads.
DigitalOcean has recently made many improvements to their platform, shifting them from an option for VPS web hosting to a complete infrastructure-as-a-service solution. The addition of features such as cloud firewalls, project & instance tagging, monitoring and alerting brings the most commonly used features of an IaaS platform to DigitalOcean.
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