Amazon currently offer servers based in 4 different regions: US East (Northern Virginia), US West (Northern California), EU (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Singapore). While Rackspace currently offers servers in several US-based locations.
Now Australian companies have an option hosting their applications in the cloud on Ninefold’s Sydney-based infrastructure.
Ninefold’s pricing is (of course) more expensive than the US alternatives, probably due to Australia’s notoriously high bandwidth costs.
I’ve personally had experience with both Rackspace’s Cloud Servers and Amazon’s EC2. Initially I found Rackspace’s solution to be a lot simpler to use because of their web-based console. However in the last 12 months Amazon have put a lot of work into improving their AWS console, which means that non programmers can easily set up EC2 instances without having to use the command line.
Ninefold looks to have made their web-based console relatively straightforward, and they have an API solution coming soon that claims to be compatible with Amazon EC2’s API.
Although I haven’t tried Ninefold yet, I will be keeping a close eye on how things progress in the coming months.
Do you know of any other Australian based cloud providers? Have you tried out Ninefold’s offerings? Be sure to let me know in the comments!