Since we started taking registrations for beta, we have received over 600 requests from people interested in being a beta tester so far!
Not bad when you consider we have not yet ran any advertising on VPS.NET, nor is our US Cloud is setup yet (it will be next week)... The VPS.NET team is overjoyed with the response we have got from the current Beta members (150+), everybody seem to love the incredibly easy and fast deployment method, using our "Node Slider", plus the piece of mind that comes from hosting in the cloud.
And still we have much more to come, so stay tuned and visit often
Since we announced the pricing 2 weeks ago, we have been reading and listening to the various comments people had about it, we assumed we had nailed it the first time around.. but you know what they say about assuming too much .. dont !
As such, we have gone back to the drawing board and squeeze every penny and pence we could out of the CFO, and have come up with the following changes:
1 - Double the Mhz per node, from 200Mhz to 400Mhz
By increasing the Mhz we make each node more powerful and capable, a better value on itself.
2 - Lowers the pricing per node.
So yes, not only we doubling the CPU, we are making the cost of each node cheaper as well, who said the VPS Cloud cannot be cheap as chips ? (no, you cannot have chips also)
Despite all these great discounts, we might even floats a few extra discount coupons here and there, just keep your eyes and ears open wide for those as well
A wise man once told me when creating an immersive user experience 'the devil is in the detail'. This is pretty much the same as the 80:20 rule ; to achieve the first 80% of the user experience takes 20% of the effort, to raise the bar further and achieve the final 20% takes 80% of the effort. This means it's quite easy to make something OK, but it's really difficult to create something with finesse.
Anyhow, the whole point of this rather rambling post is that I spotted a great example of attention to detail on my mac this morning...
I was surfing through the office network this morning looking for file, and noticed that in MacOS PC's are represented with an icon like this
and Mac's are represented with an icon like this
Feeling inquisitive I thought I'd check out the PC icon in further detail and opened it up in cover-flow. Check out the text on the PC icon (click for bigger image) - it's the blue screen of death! Nice detail people!
Here are some images for our members to show their love for the VPS.NET Cloud !
Make sure everybody knows you are a part of the VPS revolution .. use it on your signatures or avatars, dont be shy, spread the VPS Cloud Goodness !!
Since we open up the VPS.NET Cloud for beta testing, people have send dozens of emails asking "What about the price ...?"
Coming up with a proper price was no simple task, we had to take in consideration many factors, such as all the cost to deploy a VPS in a Cloud environment, with proper fail-over redundancy and RAID-10 SAN back-ends .. those dont come cheap , but at the same time, we wanted to make it competitive enough against standard VPS offerings (server based) that are deployed by a fraction of the price of the Cloud ... quite a task indeed.
We hope the users will see the value of the product and find the price to be quite a bargain for this type of system
As per request, the more you purchase, the larger the savings
Just for kicks, we decided to try an internal speedtest from another location on our datacenter (not in the VPS Cloud)
The results speak wonders for the local network
root@storm:/tmp# wget http://18.104.22.168/speedtest.256mb
Connecting to 22.214.171.124:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 268,435,456 (256M) [text/plain]
100%[====================================>] 268,435,456 91.03M/s
10:46:35 (90.94 MB/s) - `speedtest.256mb' saved [268435456/268435456]
Yeah, thats as close to 1Gbs as you can get
Finally, the day has come where we open up the VPS Cloud to be beta tested.
We ask all the testers to please keep in mind this is a Beta, and as such, we expect a few bugs and problems to arise, the objective is to find any issues now before we go Live and start charging for it
Having said that, please do keep backups of any date you place on your VPS, make sure to register in the forums and leave us lots of feedback
I have received some emails from Beta testers asking or their signup information, it seems it's not just us who are getting excited, they cant wait to get into the VPS Cloud and start playing
Almost there .. one more day and we will be sending the signup info and unique beta codes, but from those of us internally that have already setup some VPS Nodes ... trust me, the wait is worthed it, you will love it !!