Rackspace Offers Free I/O For Cloud Storage Service
In February, Rackspace cut its bandwidth pricing for its entire cloud portfolio, including Cloud Servers, Cloud Files, Cloud Load Balancers and content delivery network by 33 percent. As part of that move, Rackspace also began offering free I/O for its Cloud Block Storage service. Amazon, Rackspace suggested, isn't as cheap as it looks when the cost of storage I/O is factored in (pictured). "Storage is one of the cost variables you would know before deploying your application. Unfortunately for many, I/O is complex and less predictable," Rackspace said in a February blog post explaining the move. "This fact makes it hard to understand the price you are actually signing up for when you launch a service. It also makes it difficult to perform an 'apples to apples' comparison among providers."