I posted a lot of posts earlier this summer about my debacle at Mosso which caused me to jump ship and switch my sites over to Slicehost…
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.
Excellent list of ideas, several of them we're discussing. Just give us a shot to prove this is a good thing and thanks for your thoughts.
I don't say I love a company very often, but I love Slicehost. 🙂 So I will give you guys all the time you need to prove yourselves.
Just the fact that you are out there reading blog posts and actually responding to them tells me a lot about you, in particular, and the company that you (and the guys) have built.
And if the Government contract I'm on ever dries up, perhaps I will apply with you guys. 🙂 I was a part of a startup back in the mid 90's that did very well and miss that kind of atmosphere.
Keep up the great work!