Definitions of CPU are confusing to users


With no standard definition of a unit of processor time for cloud servers, the cloud industry is sending confusing messages to potential customers

Many cloud providers are presenting units of measurement of resources that cannot be easily compared with their competitors, creating a pressing need for a single industry-wide standard, claims Antonio Miguel Ferreira, CEO of Lunacloud.

Types of compute units not only vary between providers but also in what processing power they equate to. Although RAM size, measured in GBytes, is a common standard, the same cannot be said for CPU measurement.

For example, Amazon AWS uses Elastic Compute Units (ECU), which has an equivalent CPU capacity of a 1.0 – 1.2 GHz 2007 Opteron or 2007 Xeon processor. However, Rackspace do not mention CPU allocations in their server configurations at all. Lunacloud uses vCPU, which has an equivalent CPU capacity of a 1.5 Ghz 2010 Xeon processor. This lack of commonality is indicative of the cloud industry as a whole.

Antonio Miguel Ferreira explains:

“The problem has arisen because of the exponential increase in the demand for cloud services. Unfortunately, the industry has not been able to catch-up yet by bringing in common standards where customers need them most. Until such standards become commonplace, cloud providers need to make sure that they are being transparent in communicating, in particular what they deliver for CPU capacity. Customers then need to benchmark providers against each other, ideally through independent third-parties, as well as making simple price comparisons.”

Processor time is highly important for end users when dealing with CPU intensive applications. Developers in particular need to consider this when choosing a cloud infrastructure provider…Antonio Ferreira
CEO and Co-Founder of Lunacloud

Antonio continues:

“Developing common standards in data security, sovereignty and privacy is rightly occupying the focus of many in the cloud industry. However, we need complete transparency so that end-users can easily compare every part of a cloud providers’ market offer with their competitors. Until we can all agree on a common standard, all cloud providers have a responsibility to be as clear as possible when communicating with their customers”.

About Lunacloud

Founded in 2011 by industry experts Antonio Miguel Ferreira and Charles Nasser, Lunacloud is the latest pay-as-you-go Cloud infrastructure services provider available to tech-savvy SMEs and start-ups as well as individual developers in the Europe. The cloud has fundamentally changed the way we consume compute, store and network resources, and Lunacloud has evolved to meet these demands.

Lunacloud provides Cloud Servers with any choice of RAM from 512 MB to 96 GB, 1 to 8 CPU cores and 10 GB to 2 TB Disk, running Linux or Windows and controlled via the web control panel or the compute API, from 1.5 cents per hour. This level of flexibility allows for 307,200 different server configurations. It also provides Cloud Storage, a virtual unlimited disk for object storage, accessible via a web browser or the S3-compatible API, from 7 cents per month per used GB.

Lunacloud hosts its physical infrastructure in Tier-3 + datacentres, redundantly connected to the Internet, providing a secure and strong footing for customers at all times and is in partnership with Dell who provides the underlying physical servers and storage infrastructure.

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