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ElasticHosts-owned Springs.IO debuts use-based pricing for Docker-like IaaS

Springs.IO says using Linux-based container technology can help users cut cloud costs

ElasticHosts is building on its earlier work to offer users access to use-based pricing models for cloud computing with the launch of its venture Springs.IO.

The organisation specialises in the delivery of Linux container-based infrastructure as a service (IaaS) that draws on ElasticHosts’s auto-scaling technology to ensure users only pay for capacity they’ve actually used.

The company claims the setup, which is underpinned by SSD technology, is cheaper to use than virtualisation-based cloud services, such as those offered by the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Springs.IO founder and ElasticHosts’ CEO Richard Davies said other IaaS providers often charge users as if they’ve run a virtual machine at full capacity, even if that is not the case.

“What we have done using modern Linux container technology is build a system where the individual cloud servers scale up and down according to their usage,” said Davies.

“So, with Springs, you start a single cloud server with us and if there is a period where it is heavily loaded, it will use more CPU [central processing unit] and RAM [random access memory]. If there is a time when it’s lightly loaded, it will use less CPU and RAM and you will be charged less for that period.

“You pay based on what you’re using, rather than on how many servers you’ve asked for and what sizes they are. The pricing is based on the actual load your software and apps are putting on them,” he said.

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The offering is initially being targeted at SMEs (small to medium-sized enterprises) and Linux developers, but Davies insists the technology would also be a good fit for the enterprise.

“The reason we’re targeting SMEs is because they typically have more limited resources and skills and therefore they would benefit more directly,” he added.

History repeating

The value proposition is close to what ElasticHosts has to offer as its Elastic Containers product is billed on a similar basis, said Davies. 

However, given the growing interest in containerisation technologies, such as Docker, the company decided to throw its weight behind the movement by launching Springs.IO as a standalone company.

“ElasticHosts is a cloud computing supplier that has traditionally offered virtual machine-based cloud computing and started to get into the container business in 2014,” said Davies. “So we decided to produce a product that focuses on containers and is easier to do, stripped down and under its own brand.” 

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