vRocket.io - Need Advice from Community
Petar from vRocket here. Hope you're all having a great day.
We've been in hosting business since 2004, however, last week we launched something new - a SmartOS hosting platform for developers.
We always loved the good-ole SliceHost (RIP), and of course DigitalOcean, but were enamored with what Joyent has been doing with SmartOS. We, as I keep on saying, are a tight-knit group of engineers (cloud, systems, network) who like to do cool new things on the side. vRocket is the outcome of this and a platform we use ourselves, which we now bring 100% to the public.
I do not want to go and make this into an ad. It is really not my intention. There are thousands of web hosts out there, from cPanel, to Linux VPS (XEN, KVM, OpenVZ, you name it). A lot of them are more affordable, faster, or whatever. We are not trying to do the same thing - rather do it better in some way where it counts.
We know we won't grow to DigitalOcean scale, and are genuinely interested in actually offering developers (our target market) what they need, versus just trying to make money. We're quite OK with being small, local (Columbus, OH), but doing things right.
What I would really like to get from you guys (if I may) is some constructive suggestions on what we could do to improve the offer? Lower prices? Increase cores? Add new features? You name it - and we'll consider it.
Please do keep in mind - we wish to cater to developers. While a good number of our customers hosts production workloads already with us, and we welcome it, we want an affordable, feature-full platform for developers. We are also SmartOS based, so while we offer Linux Branded Zones (where ubuntu, centos or debian can run within a zone), we're more unix-ish.
Our entry level plan is simple:
- 1vCore, 512MB RAM, 30GB SSD fronted ZFS storage, Gigabit Uplink, 2TB bandwidth = $4/mo
In general each next plan adds 1/2GB RAM more, 10GB storage, 1TB bandwidth for another $4/mo.
Our main differentiators are:
- SmartOS (OS based virtualization) - more unix-like than linux like
- ZFS file system (devs and DB's can benefit from LZ4 compression and SSDs)
- Solaris Zones (better security, even once we introduce KVM workloads within zones)
- A lot of templates to bootstrap devs and shorten deploy times (apache, nginx, couchdb, cassandra, etc.)
What can we do to differentiate and offer better service or features than other guys out there, or, i.e. what should we be providing that would make you choose vRocket rather than say DO or someone else.
Thanks in advance! I really appreciate your insight.
Founder @ vRocket.io
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