Linode has unveiled an “innovative” total-cost-of-ownership (TCO) calculator for public cloud. It would make the often complex cost calculation of moving workloads to the cloud simpler and more accessible.
Designed for enterprise users, small and medium-sized businesses, agencies and freelance web designers, Linode’s TCO Calculator for public cloud infrastructure is free. It can be used an unlimited number of times by the same user. The company also has a simplified pricing tool for smaller-scale and personal use cases.
Called the Linode Cloud Estimator tool, it offers instant pricing comparisons of Linode, AWS, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Microsoft Azure.
Linode’s TCO Calculator is designed for anyone moving a workload from on-premises to the cloud, switching from one cloud provider to another, or setting up a hybrid or multi-cloud architecture. The TCO Calculator is available via the Linode website.
Linode’s TCO Calculator accounts for all of the costs that go into a company’s server infrastructure. In contrast to many other calculators that ask obtuse and archaic questions, Linode’s TCO Calculator is designed “to be approachable and useful to everyone.” Even those who are not fluent in server plans and CPU core counts can still receive a useful estimate, trustworthy comparisons and technical recommendations.
Their TCO Calculator starts by offering eight different pre-packaged bundles of services to choose from. Each package corresponds with a common workload, such as websites, databases, data analysis, content delivery, code repository, backups and more. Within each package, a slider tool allows the user to adjust key variables, if desired.
“We did all the legwork and pricing reviews so that the person using our TCO Calculator doesn’t have to,” said Nathan Melehan, TCO Calculator project lead at Linode. “The components of AWS pricing are not available in one place and typically vary considerably by geography and other factors. Linode’s TCO Calculator pulls back the curtain on AWS pricing and lets you see the true cloud costs you are likely to encounter.”
Linode’s TCO Calculator automatically provides a report to the user with three key components:
- A summary of cost breakdowns, comparing AWS and Linode as well as on-premises installations, if selected. Any assumptions are listed in an appendix.
- A recap of all qualitative information compiled in the process, including links to helpful documentation.
- Recommendations, based on the users specific requirements related to customer support needs, avoiding vendor lock-in, cost savings, predictability and transparency of billing, data sovereignty requirements and more.
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