Xeround cites its service’s main competitive advantage within the industry as offering the first actual pay-per-use pricing model that bases overall costs on the resources consumed by a database rather than server size. With Xeround, clients pay according to usage and avoid financial waste by overpaying for services that they do not even use. The service’s charges are calculated according to the metrics of Database Size and the amount of data transferred between the application and the database, which is more commonly referred to as Data Transfer. This pricing model makes cost management much easier for users, as they can gauge costs based on actual usage instead of projections.
Amazon RDS and other competitors force customers to select pre-instance sizes that limit storage and processing capabilities. Xeround, on the other hand, offers innovative auto-scaling that gives users the ability to either scale up or scale down their resources as needed.
In addition to the cost management features, maximum availability is ensured via automatic failover and built-in replicas. Xeround stands by its product by through a service level agreement guaranteeing zero cloud database downtime and 99.9 percent availability. In the event that any problems may arise, Xeround offers daily backups, support via the web or email, as well as a phone line that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
To give customers an extensive taste of what it brings to the table, Xeround is offering a free thirty-day trial for anyone who signs up for the service. Credit card information is not required to register, which helps to add extra peace of mind during the process. Once the thirty days are complete, users will only be billed according to the actual resources used by their database. There’s no commitment necessary, and minimum charges do not apply. Regular charges are as follows: $0.12/GB/hour for Database Size and $0.46/GB for Data Transfer. To further attract new customers, Xeround is offering a 25 percent discount on monthly costs in 2011 for those who sign up for the service by July 25.
Xeround is currently available for commercial use via its own Amazon EC2 datacenters based in the United States and Europe, as well as the Heroku cloud platform. Availability is set to expand to the Xeround Rackspace datacenter in the near future, and additional expansion is promised through other cloud providers as well.
Xeround CEO Razi Sharir spoke of the service in the official press release: "There has been great demand from our users and we are very happy to announce that our cloud database is now available for production environments. Xeround offers the market our simple, easy to use cloud database solution, allowing users to focus on their applications without worrying about the tedious tasks and frustrations involved with maintaining scalability and availability in the cloud."
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