Why Startup TestingBot ditched the Amazon Cloud
TestingBot, the online browser testing startup, today announced it has switched from the Amazon Cloud to its own private cloud.
Amazon’s cloud, a very popular hosting platform among startups, provides easy to use services to instantly scale websites and systems on the internet. As startups can easily scale up and down, depending on their traffic and needs, it is thought to be a cost-effective platform for starting businesses.
“When we launched our startup we were convinced Amazon AWS was the perfect platform for us”, Jochen Delabie, founder of Testingbot, wrote. “But as our customer base gradually grew we started to realize AWS’s platform was too expensive and slow for us”.
Today, TestingBot is running on open-source software, creating their very own private cloud, running on dedicated servers. “We now pay a third of what we used to pay at Amazon, while providing a better and faster service to our customers”, Delabie wrote.
After briefly experimenting with VMWare’s virtualization offerings, TestingBot realized that VMWare’s products are black boxes. “When something went wrong, we were unable to troubleshoot the problem. By choosing open-source, we can solve problems much faster”, Jochen Delabie writes.
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