Lo and behold, Mosso buys my new provider… *sigh*… Can’t get away! 🙂
From talking to a few Slicehost guys in their chat, they stated that everything will stay pretty much the same or get better, which I hope it will, but I’m hoping the pricing stays the same or gets lower.
I guess I’ll just be crossing my fingers over the next few months as Slicehost merges into the larger company. I’m hoping a lot of the features that have been requested by the users can come to fruition soon.
Here is my “wishlist”… (in no particular order)
- Ability to backup Slices (cloud nodes) into the Mosso “cloud files” storage, which will allow better backup space utilization and ability to backup the slices offsite.
- True “pay as you go” for the traditional Mosso shared hosting (Cloud sites)… Instead of $100/mo, do a $5/mo base + compute cycle charge or something along those lines. I still have a few sites on the old Mosso that I wouldn’t mind keeping there (so I can have ASP/PHP hybrid hosting) as long as it’s reasonable.
- Windows 2003/8 Server Slices at the same price point and simplicity of management as the Linux slices. This MAY be hard to do at an equivalent price due to Microsoft Licensing… But a 1GB+ 60gb+ for under $100 including snapshot backups would be sweet.
- Keep the same “small company” feel for the people who have become accustomed to Slicehost the way it is today.
- More diverse data center options to help with latency problems for people in Europe or Asia, ability to choose which datacenter you want a specific slice to reside and the ability to migrate between datacenters. (Rackspace/Mosso) has datacenters in San Antonio and Dallas, TX, Herndon, VA, three in England, and one in Hong Kong. Both of Slicehost’s datacenters are in St. Louis, MO.
- Backbone/Redundancy increases as Slices get “jacked” into the new data centers.
- A la carte access to features that are offered by Mosso and Rackspace such as cloud files and traditional Mosso ASP/PHP shared hosting.
These are all I can think of at the moment and I hope the best for the Slicehost crew. IF things go bad, I’ll probably have to switch AGAIN to someplace like Linode, but for the time being, I’m still a loyal Slicehoster.