Rackspace Hosting is going into competition with Amazon’s S3 Simple Storage Service through its Mosso unit, which just started privately beta testing its Internet-based storage scheme, CloudFS.
CloudFS is aimed at developers and described as “infinitely scalable.”
A public beta is set for Q3. Once it goes into production – though it’s unclear exactly when that might be – Mosso is planning on charging 15 cents a gigabyte to start, including replicated copies for data protection.
CloudFS will be offered standalone and as part of Mosso’s flagship Hosting Cloud, just launched in February, which costs $100 a month and includes 500GB of bandwidth, 50GB of disk space, and three million web requests a month.
Unless, of course, you need more; then Mosso charges 50 cents a gigabyte for additional storage, 25 cents a gigabyte for additional bandwidth, and three cents for every 1,000 additional web requests.
The scheme is supposed to complement Rackspace’s hosting products like its Mailtrust e-mail hosting solution and its traditional managed hosting services and one connects through Rackspace’s infrastructure.
Rackspace customers are supposed to benefit from free local transfers between CloudFS and their managed hosting servers. It says being able “to tie a scalable and low-cost storage engine to Rackspace’s customized managed hosting environment is unique in the hosting industry.”
The storage platform will be accessed via a ReSTful Web Services API and language-specific APIs like .NET, Java, PHP, Ruby, Python.
Like that other start-up, Morph Labs, The Hosting Cloud promises developers that they don’t need to worry about underlying technology such as servers, virtual private servers or operating systems.
It is built on a cross platform, clustered-computing architecture.