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June 07, 2010
Cirrus Clouds
By Michael Marr
Cloud computing has become the standard form of deploying large-scale web applications. Recently, I was asked about a servicing a start-up web service that projects itself having the type of user base and bandwidth that only a Cloud could properly serve. The issue at hand is scalability: should the site start with a minimal Cloud configuration so that it is easily scalable as growth occurs, or should it stick with/start with a virtual dedicated or regular dedicated server and move to the cloud when needed?

Assuming the characteristics of your project require that you have complete control of the configuration and deployment of your server, you can easily rule out extremely cheap standard web hosting solutions. Thus, we end up in the virtual dedicated or dedicated server realm. When pricing these options, the standard price range is around $50 per month for a virtual server (VPS). Dedicated servers can be found for around $50 per month, but usually you are going to want to upgrade to a decent package, and thus these servers average around $75 per month for the type of server you'll want to start with. These estimates were obtained from the prices available on over ten hosting companies.

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