NephoScale Targets Cloud Newbies With Free Cloud Services Starter Kit


Cloud hosting startup NephoScale wants to give users an on-ramp to the cloud with a free Cloud Computing and Storage Starter Package to lower the barrier of entry to the cloud and provide cloud newcomers a way to test drive cloud services.

NephoScale came out of stealth mode in January with cloud infrastructure services built to boost the speed and scalability of Web apps. The San Jose, Calif.-based startup offers an IaaS play that includes cloud servers, on-demand dedicated services and object-based storage that uses NephoScale's own CloudScript programmatic interface.

With its Cloud Computing and Storage Starter Package NephoScale wants to provide a hands-on trial run that gives users a free 256 MB cloud server and up to 1 GB of cloud storage for a year, allowing them to run applications, launch new apps into the cloud, test existing apps in a cloud environment and back up or host data files. NephoScale also sees the Starter Package as a way for users to get up to speed with its CloudScript interface.

"The industry is still in the stage where organizations are doing homework on cloud infrastructure services and this starter package will allow them to become familiar with our services without having to dip into their wallets," said Bruce Templeton, president of NephoScale, in a statement. "We're giving users both a cloud server and cloud storage so they can create a real-world computing environment where they can host applications or Web sites, and take full advantage of the NephoScale portal, API and CloudScript technology."

The free Cloud Computing and Storage Starter Package includes 750 hours per month usage of the cloud server, with .25 GB of RAM and 10 GB persistent storage; 10 GB of inbound Internet transfer to the starter cloud server instance per month; 10 GB of outbound Internet transfer from the starter cloud server instance per month; 1 GB data store in the NephoScale object-based cloud storage service; 10,000 GET requests in object-base cloud storage per month; 1,000 PUT requests in object-based cloud storage per month; 1 GB of inbound Internet transfer to object-based cloud storage per month; and 1 GB of outbound Internet transfer from object-based cloud storage per month.