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How Commodity Cloud Providers Stack Up Against Specialized Cloud Partners

June 9, 2017

The Era of the Commodity Cloud Provider

With the growing adoption of cloud computing over the last decade we have seen commodity cloud providers become major players in the market.

Consider the definition of commodity computing, as explained by Techopedia: commodity computing describes the use of a provider’s utilization of low-cost hardware with the intention of taking advantage of greater computing power, resulting in lower cost.

Although commodity cloud providers may be comparatively cheaper than a provider that delivers tailored cloud services for enterprises, their offerings are not equal in quality, and generally don’t support intensive or latency-averse workloads. This is not to suggest that commodity cloud providers are bad all-around; in fact, commodity cloud options can be a great fit for businesses in certain scenarios.

Comparing Mass Cloud Vendors with Dedicated Providers

As mentioned, there are plenty of situations that warrant consuming commodity cloud resources. There are others that don’t, though.

Here are some differences between characteristics of commodity cloud providers and dedicated cloud partners:

  • With commodity hardware and compute, vendors don’t always monitor or analyze their server application systems performance on a code level for inefficiencies. If a problem arises, it’s often addressed simply by adding more hardware.
  • In many cases, commodity hardware and clouds don’t allow any kind of access to enable the ability to change underlying configurations of their architectures. Sometimes, it’s necessary to set storage affinity rules in order to keep database storage in close physical proximity in order to maintain data access and transactional performance. Without this type of customization, parts of your databases might be in a multitude of data centers that share different geographical location. This can greatly impact performance of your applications interacting with backend databases.
  • In commodity environments, hardware is often updated rapidly and too often. This has the potential to introduce faults and failures.

Cloud Specialization at Peak 10

Providers who specialize in cloud as a practice area take an entirely different approach to offering cloud resources to customers.

At Peak 10, cloud is a major focus area. First, we only production-grade hardware. We also provide dedicated project managers with a repeatable delivery methodology for complex customers. Around-the-clock support is included for every customer, as well as flexible offerings for unique needs.

Cloud the Peak 10 Way

  • Production-grade, reliable infrastructure
  • Flexible and scalable
  • Regulatory compliant
  • Consultative service delivery from beginning to end
  • 24/7/365 support

At Peak 10, cloud is no commodity. If you’re assessing your cloud options, Peak 10 experts can help. Contact us today at www.peak10.com/contact-us or (866) 473-2510 to speak with one of our experts.

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About Peak 10

"Our values are the foundation for everything we do at Peak 10, and are ultimately what enable us to earn our customers' business and their trust."
David H. Jones,
Board Member, Peak 10 + ViaWest