Feature Comparison of Top Cloud Providers

Feature Comparison of Top Cloud Providers

Cloud providers are offering diverse cloud features and add-ons aiming to enhance cloud efficiency and data security. In most case, users just need to pay a small cost to enjoy the powerful features like private networking, auto-backup and DDoS protection. Some of the listed features are even free to enjoy, such as template and unlimited traffic. In this article, a simple feature comparison of top cloud providers is conducted for cloud users’ reference.

Feature Checklist Comparison of Top Cloud Providers

In this feature comparison, AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Linode, DigitalOcean and Vultr have been chosen to compare. This report is for reference purpose only, all related information is accessed on their official website, the content may not be completely true or may become untrue in the future, we bear no responsibility for any listed information. Besides, we have conducted a simple Price Comparison Report, interested readers can reach the article HERE.

Private Networking and VPC

Private networking and VPC are the uprising features for clients to place sensitive data like customer information and transaction data. Although Lindoe states itself offering private network, the network connects the whole datacenter and users need to block traffic with Firewall. The data security concern still exists when there is no dedicated VLAN for specific instances. Moreover, LayerStack’s global private network is ready to be launched which protect users to send sensitive data across regions. This feature is currently supported by global brands like AWS and Azure, but other providers do not offer related options.

Linode Private Networking and Virtual Private Network
Source: https://www.linode.com/docs/platform/manager/remote-access/

Template

Template, also known as snapshot, is widely provided by all the brands. Users can save a template of instances at a point of time, it is useful when cloud users want to deploy multiple cloud servers with the same configurations. Todays, LayerStack’s template is integrating with Image Import, users can export a virtual machine image from your virtualization environment for quick server deployments.

Five Virtual Machines Image Format
Source: https://www.layerstack.com/templates

Custom ISO

As for Custom ISO, the scenario is in contrast to global VPC. Cloud-based companies do offer similar options allowing users to install their own operation system on cloud server, while global brands AWS and Azure do not support this function. Custom ISO is especially useful for companies who need to run specific OS (or specific version of OS) for business applications and industrial software.

AWS Custom / Private Operation System (ISO) Solution
Source: https://blogs.oracle.com/ravello/install-iso-image-aws-google-cloud

Unlimited Data Transfer

LayerStack exclusively offer free unlimited traffic to customers which is not offered by any listed cloud providers. In general, most providers are charging users for data transfer. A study shows that data usage costs often end up contributing 30% of total cost (Cloud Evangelist, 2019). In brands like Azure, AWS and Google, users are charged approx. US$ 0.12 for every GB downloaded from cloud or moved to another server. On the other hand, package-based cloud providers charge users US$ 0.01 for each additional GB usage after accounts have reached the transfer limit. However, LayerStack would not charge any cost for data transfer.

Data Transfer Cost Contribute 30% of Total Cost
Source: https://www.cloudmanagementinsider.com/

 

It comes to the end of Cloud Provider Feature Comparison. Please let us know your comments and suggestions on LayerStack Community.

AI and the Cloud

According to a recent report, the global value of AI market will grow to $190 billion by 2025, it is no doubt that AI is one of the fastest-grow market in the world today. On the other hand, it is accounted that global public cloud market was $272 billion in 2018. Unlike AI, cloud industry has well-developed in the market and seems to be a driving force for economic growth. AI and cloud computing industries are not mutually exclusive, in fact, there are many evidences proving that AI and cloud can coordinate perfectly. Intelligent assistants like Siri and Google Assistant are the best example showing how AI access the big data with the cloud, learn from the data and continuously improve the performance.

What actually is AI?

Artificial Intelligence refers to the simulated intelligence in machines. The terms refer to the result of endowing machines with the ability to learn and analysis from data, which allow them to make the best decisions in different scenarios. AI is always associated with robot because of the influence of movie, however, most of the AI are invisible and working closely with our daily life.

AI Self-Managed Cloud

AI has been embedded into IT infrastructure to help streamline workloads and automate repetitive tasks, such as email auto-reply and payment requests. With the diverse capabilities of AI, some companies start using AI to optimize the core business workflow, thus the routine processes can be managed by the system itself, it helps IT teams better capture the efficiencies of the cloud.

AI and Data Management

AI is also performing as data analyst nowadays, as mentioned above that Cloud allows AI to access big data, a wide range of data-related duties can be handled by AI strategic program. Those duties include data collection, data identification, ingestion, categorization and database management. The categorized data will be analyzed and evaluated by AI for generating valuable recommendations in different aspects like website UI, marketing, customer service and supply chain. In order words, the cloud endow AI with capabilities to learn from big data in order to achieve auto-optimization.

AI in operation strategy

Product recommendation is applied by many e-commerce websites aiming for remarketing. After visitor shopping for a product online, he will then keep exposing to banners for related product suggestions, it is all about AI and big data. In addition, chatbot is widely used by enterprises, it tends to extract information from website and present it to customers. These bots advance with time, understanding and serving customer queries better due to its machine learning algorithms. In fact, moving the e-commerce to cloud can be benefited from valuable advantages, full article available at Blog – Cloud hosted eCommerce.

The Future Business Environment

 The fusion of AI and Cloud is transforming the business environment in every level, from deeper learning to near-compete automation of key processes. Although the AI is already applied in many businesses today, the technology is still in its early stage. It is widely believed that there will be a phenomenal advancement in the future, many types of job will be replaced by AI in coming 10 years, the industry evolution is yet to come.

 
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User Permission Management

LayerStack’s cloud servers are featured with user permission management which is designed for businesses to connect with clients, employees, and partners for greater resources management. Cloud owner can assign permissions to different parties authorizing them to access specific instances and payment options, thus the server security can be easily maintained. “Users can create their own customized solutions for businesses. The APIs help control specific cloud resources and their distribution. For example, the rapid provisioning of cloud resources or network configurations is something that our APIs can help with.” said Dennis Ng, the Founder in LayerStack.

Advantages of User Permission

Obviously, the system provides cloud owners with an absolute power to control their cloud servers, owners can add, edit and remove any assigned permission at any time. It could be really useful when they have partnerships with outside vendors, a limited permission can be directly assigned to those parties without any safety concerns. The Permission system is even more important for service providers as they are handling numerous projects at a time, different permissions can be generated for clients in order to minimize the cross connections between projects.

Major User Authorizations

  • Owner: Full authority to add cloud servers and products, manage all cloud resources and access all account information.
  • Member: Ability to manage specific instances with limited features on assigned accounts.
  • Billing: Empowered to manage specific instances with limited features and access to read invoice records and manage payment options.
  • Billing Admin: Ability to read invoice records and manage payment options on assigned accounts.

Quick Start Guide

  1. Log in to LayerPanel, go to the Account section and click Manage Users.
  2. Click the +Invite User button.
  3. Select the Proper role and input the user’s Email address.
  4. An Invitation email will be sent once the Send button is clicked.

    For more permission details of roles: https://www.layerstack.com/resources/docs/Roles-and-Permissions

Thank you for visiting – LayerStack

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We are glad to announce that Cloud Expo Asia 2018 had come to an end. We are more than thankful that you visited our booth at Cloud Expo Asia 2018, held in Hong Kong Convention Exhibition Center.

We are excited to have quite a lot of visitors to our booth. It was a fine opportunity and our pleasure to present our latest products with you and we hope you truly enjoyed the experience with us.

If you have any inquiry about our exhibition and products, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Again, thank you for your visiting.

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How To Protect Your LayerStack Account

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We believe that user experience and security are important to customers. That is the motivation why we keep improving these two criteria. In the early 2018, LayerStack launched a new panel feature, Two-factor authentication, to enhance the security by applying an extra layer of security in login level.

Two-factor authentication, also known as 2FA, is a way for identity verification. It not just requires the login name and password, and also a set of information that securely known by the users. 2FA could help preventing your account being hacked so as to protect customers’ information.
How LayerStack 2FA works

Users need to enter their preset login name and password together with the time-based-one-time password (OTP) generated by OATH mobile application like Google Authentication, Authy, Duo, HDE OTP, etc. This OTP is valid to certain devices that only you have access to, it could be any devices. After enabling 2FA in LayerPanel, customers need to use their 2nd factor to login every time. Using mobile application for generating token guaranteed that you are in full control of the security because you are the mobile owner.


2FA helps enhancing your accounts’ safety

Passwords alone may not be as infallible as you think. Cyber attackers have the power to test thousands of passwords combinations in seconds. So if you are not using 2FA, we highly recommend you to enable this security feature to protect your account as well as your cloud servers. It will offer you an extra layer of protection, besides passwords. It’s hard for cyber criminals to get the second authentication factor, they would have to be much closer to you. This drastically reduces their chances to succeed.

For more details about the set up procedures, please refer to https://www.layerstack.com/docs/guides/How-to-Enable-Two-Factor-Authentication-in-LayerPanel


Please let us know if you would like to have other features in LayerStack

We welcome all valuable comments and suggestions from you and we would like to make sure you enjoy our service provided. Please leave your feedback in LayerPanel and it will definitely help us to be constantly improving our services.

Invitation To The Cloud Expo Asia 2018

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We are looking forward to welcoming you at our booth!

We cordially invite you to take a detailed look at our cloud products and discuss your needs and ideas with our experts. See you soon in HKCEC? We are looking forward to meeting you there!

Our presentation in Cloud Expo will focus on:

  • New: Restful API
  • New: User Permission Management
  • Cloud Servers
  • CloudNet

Your presence will do us great honor and we are happy for the opportunity to meet with you. Hope to see you there.

Sincerely,
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LayerStack unveils CloudNet for self-resources management

LayerStack unveiled CloudNet to serve as an elastic cloud solution which enables self-resources management.

In early October, LayerStack launched CloudNet in both Hong Kong and Singapore data centers to meet a high demand on a mechanism for flexible resources management. Indeed, we succeeded in developing and deploying a more elastic cloud environment upon the clients’ request. Most of the CloudNet users can now scale up, scale down and scale out instances at any time based on their needs or tasks’ requirement.

Use cases

CloudNet provides a stable cloud environment for enterprises to improve efficiencies with resources management. Here are some examples from our existing clients:

Organizations

  • Allocate resources to multiple instances for different departments.
  • Operate different POS applications for different branches and different brands.
  • Set up two or more instances for load balancing web traffic over multiple instances.

System Integrators

  • Centralized management and simplifies operation for different clients.
  • Ideal environment for testing and development, especially for the short-term project.

Reseller

  • Easily duplicate instance with the same configuration, applications and workloads in minutes.
  • Easily create customized instances with different resources to address different client’s needs.

Web/ Application Developers

  • Immediately executing a program by creating a staging server for testing and development via private network.
  • Scale the database instance up and down easily for better extracting, transforming and loading (ETL) performance.

The standard service plan comes with 8 vCPU, 16GB RAM, 400GB SSD storage, 4 IP addresses and 50GB image storage at the price of US$75. You can also order some extra compute resources based on your needs.

Get started with LayerStack CloudNet today. For More details please visit https://www.layerstack.com/cloudnet

LayerStack expands its product category with high storage cloud

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LayerStack expands its product set in Q4 of 2017 to support a great variety of IT purpose like data management and cloud storage. Regarding the customers’ demand on reliable cloud server with high storage, we are glad to introduce a new service – High Storage Cloud Servers to assist developers and enterprises to cope with storage-centric challenges. LayerStack’ s High Storage Cloud Servers leverages the storage for Customer Relationship Management applications, file sharing, backup, database, mail server, etc.

This storage intense service contains 500 GB, 750 GB or 1000 GB storage which cost only half of the standard plan. It is designed for enterprises or individuals who simply need a cost-effective high storage cloud solution with standard compute and network performance.

Use Cases

A variety of usages can benefit from our High Storage Cloud Servers:

Backup Server

This high storage capacity server is perfect to serve as a backup server to protect your critical assets including operating systems, applications, website data and database for recovery purpose.

Database Server

High storage cloud servers can be set up as a database server for storing space demanding files which are not frequently access at a lower cost.

File Sharing and collaboration applications

It is essential for a company to have file sharing systems and collaboration applications like Team Messaging Apps or Project Management Apps which enhance the efficiencies of the employees.

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Server

This new launched cloud server also enables our customers to operate CRM application for storing and managing large amount of clients’ information at a lower price.

Mail Server

Building mail server could be the best solution for your business to handle and store plenty of business emails in/out every day. It also enables you to access the raw email files and check the mail server logs.

Archiving Server

Archiving business emails, conversations or messages for internal records which is traceable for compliance requirements.

Get started with LayerStack High Storage Cloud. For more details please visit https://www.layerstack.com/cloud-servers.

What is the best way to protect your business data?

A ransomware named WannaCry impacted over 150 countries and 200,000 computers in just a few days. Victims include government departments, hospitals and other enterprises. Exploiting vulnerabilities in Server Message Block service (SMB) in Microsoft operating system to spread and execute intrusion attacks viciously. SMB is a system for file sharing between computers. WannaCry used its defects to implant the ransomware. WannaCry locked and encrypted all files on a computer system and extorted the victims for digital currency Bitcoin. Nearly all of the victims failed to respond promptly which resulted in victim’s data loss. This revealed the fact that many enterprises and individuals lack consciousness of cybersecurity.

WannaCry used SMB defect to enforce attacks. Users could enhance the precaution by disabling the SMBv1 file protocol in Windows to avoid the attack. Moreover, regular updates of Windows, other applications and software will help significantly reducing the potential defects.

LayerStack Official Blog - WannaCry

4 simple Tips to stay away from ransomware

Apart from installing Anti-Virus software, you could enhance the cyber-safety awareness of your employees. The following 4 steps could simply reduce most threats and losses of your business server.

  1. Avoid opening of suspicious emails, attachments and links
  2. Set complicated passwords with combination of capital letters, symbols and numbers
  3. Update software and applications frequently
  4. Backup data regularly!

Is Anti-malware enough for protecting your data?

Anti-malware could only protect your server but not data. However, any cyberattack or your careless “mis-click” could cause losing client data and important business information. Therefore, backup solution is one of the best ways to secure your data.

How could Acronis Offsite backup solution protect your data?

Acronics Offsite Backup offers image and file backup and restore solution. The backup management system is user friendly that you can easily set backup schedule for daily, weekly and monthly backup. Besides, your data will be protected with high secure AES-256 bit encryption. Most importantly, all the data will be backed up to Acronis Singapore datacenter to safeguard your data recovery.

For more details of Acronics Offsite Backup solution, please visit https://www.layerstack.com/acronis.

Hello world! A new cloud chapter has begun at LayerStack

LayerStack is an IaaS provider leveraging on hardware and networks to provide stable and high performance cloud to assist our clients to achieve their business objectives. Our cloud servers built on redundant platform powered by Openstack, has led us to the creation of multiple solutions for the cloud deployment. Also with a team of cloud experts, we monitor hardware and networks 24/7 to ensure low latency connectivity and stable performance.

Get Started in LayerStack Cloud, Sign up and deploy your first solution in under five minutes. For details please visit at https://www.layerstack.com/cloud-servers.