Liftr Look Ahead: Instance Types and Sizes - Comparing across cloud providers
What’s the topic?
What are you renting with IaaS and how do you compare instance types across cloud providers?
What is the controversy? Why should we care?
It’s hard for a cloud customer to fairly compare instance types and sizes across clouds because cloud providers use different terminology and naming conventions. This can also make it difficult for Liftr Insights to line up public cloud products against each other while comparing pricing and availability across regions.
Background and setup
Public cloud customers must be able to order configured instances from a menu, so public clouds create instance families or “types” that are tuned for broad classes of workloads. We currently track the four largest cloud providers in our Liftr Cloud Components Tracker. Each of the offers general purpose types. Within each type, cloud providers offer a range of virtual core counts, memory sizes, processor speeds, and other detailed configuration options.
What do we think will happen? Impact?
That cloud providers make comparisons difficult is not a shocker, it’s kind of an accepted product marketing practice. We created the Liftr Cloud Components Tracker to enable ourselves and customers to cut through the cloud IaaS clutter and make fair comparisons.
Liftr Cloud Components Tracker: http://bit.ly/2QceXlT
Liftr Cloud Regions Map: http://bit.ly/2LGB5PV
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