If PaaS is expensive and slow, why not use a VPS?
Traditional PaaS punishes success
As many people have noted, traditional PaaS is cheap to start, and expensive to scale.
Starting price for good PaaS: $0/month
Starting price for good VPS: $200/month
Scaled up PaaS: $2,000+/month
Scaled up VPS: $300/month
Historically, PaaS has been a great way to start an app, but expensive and usually not very performant to scale. Most people find that it can cost thousands of dollars a month to run a simple app on a PaaS that would cost a few hundred dollars a month to run on VPS.
Isn’t new technology supposed to make things cheaper, not 5-10x more expensive?
We’re living in the HoTMaiL days of PaaS
Up until today, we’ve been in the HoTMaiL days of PaaS. All the PaaS providers to date have been giving users the equivalent of Hotmail’s 15MB of space to run their apps.
1. You can create free apps, but you can’t scale them without paying through the nose
2. You can’t add a custom domain to your free apps
3. You can’t chose which infrastructure to put your apps on. US-East only for you!
Basically, you can’t do anything fun for free in PaaS. And when you start paying, it gets very expensive too quickly.
“PaaS providers offer anything but predictable pricing” – http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3205717
That’s just not realistic for building a long term viable business.
So we are doing to PaaS what Google did to email.
What does the GMail of PaaS look like?
Starting today, AppFog is giving away 2GB of RAM free to developers to use in any way you want. Try it for yourself right now!
1. Scale your apps with dozens of load-balanced instances
2. Running your apps on the fastest servers available in the infrastructure (yes, we mean M2.4XL)
3. Run your apps across multiple infrastructures (Rackspace, HP, AWS, Azure… no price difference)
How can we do this and make a profit?
We make a profit by changing the rules of the PaaS game. We can’t run ads like Google, but running ads was just Google’s way to diversify their monetization strategy. We can diversify our monetization strategy.
The freemium business model dictates that your paid customers offset the cost of your free customers. In most cases, the only thing PaaS companies can charge for is the running of apps and add-ons. They have to charge a high premium on these because this is the only way they make money.
Gmail was able to give away more free than any other email service because they had an alternate monetization strategy (advertisement in their case). They sold ads and gave away more for free than anyone else in the email space could.
AppFog is able to give away more free than any other PaaS because we have our own alternate monetization strategy: running dedicated PaaS platforms for our enterprise customers. Running apps is easy, running PaaS both on-premise and in public clouds is very hard and we now have a product for that. This business model allows us to sustainably give away more than any other PaaS.
And, of course, today we also start running managed PaaS platforms for our customers. Interested in details? Email us at email@example.com
How much does it cost to get more?
Now… of course sometimes even 2GB is not enough and you need to get more. We also offer paid (non-dedicated) plans – which only charge by RAM. Simple monthly plans with additional RAM (4GB/$100, 16GB/$380, 32GB/$720). For those requiring Terabytes of RAM, the charge is $22.50 per GB for as much as you need.
We’ve worked with our thousands of beta users to get feedback, direction and input and feel like we are delivering something that really is what developers want and need:
1. Most affordable and simplest pricing in the cloud (we only charge for RAM)
2. Same price even if you mix multiple backend infrastructure vendors, and always the fastest servers available
3. Developers can easily scale apps on the free service, unlike any other cloud vendor today
4. Best interoperability in the cloud with single click, zero-code migrations between cloud vendors, eliminating vendor lock-in
5. 30-second deployments to AWS, Rackspace, HP, Azure and more
6. Support for Java, .NET,[a] Node, Python, PHP, MySQL, MongoDB, Postgres and more
If you’ve not checked out AppFog yet, just go to our Sign-Up page and create a free (2GB RAM) account. We’re pretty darn confident you’re gonna love it.