UK hosting firm ElasticHosts has gone live with a new cloud service focused purely on containers in order to offer a cost-effective platform for customers such as Linux developers and small businesses that can automatically scale as needs dictate.
Available from today under the Springs.io brand, the service aims to offer true use-only billing for customers such as small to medium businesses, making it easier to scale up without having to reconfigure cloud-based server infrastructure.
Springs.io builds on ElasticHosts' next-generation auto-scaling container technology, which allows customers to elastically expand capacity as required, without the need for added software or configuration, the firm said.
It also enables a new model of operation, with billing based on actual use rather than on the amount of provisioned capacity.
In fact, while the underlying technology is complex, the service is remarkably simple, according to ElasticHosts chief executive Richard Davies.
"Businesses need a whole new service that strips away any complications, which is what Springs.io offers," he said.
"This is the next step in the evolution towards a completely utility-based offering, which is what cloud has always promised to be, but until now has often failed to achieve. We believe this is how all cloud infrastructure will look in years to come and are proud to be leading the charge."
Springs.io refers to its instances as Springs to distinguish its offering from a more traditional service based on virtual machines. These are essentially Linux-based containers that can scale automatically in response to the resources required.
Each Spring will scale up to a maximum size set by the customer. Memory size, for example, can scale from 256MB to 32GB. However, the firm warned that each instance will never drop below a quarter of the maximum set by the user, and is charged accordingly.
This is to ensure that the service can guarantee capacity in case the customer is hit by a spike in demand.
Springs.io said it will charge as little as £0.007 per gigabyte per hour for memory use, and £0.005 per gigahertz per hour for CPU capacity. Storage is charged on the volume actually used, at £0.16 per gigabyte per month based on solid state drives.
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