When GoDaddy announced shutting down Cloud Servers earlier this month many of their users were taken by surprise. Even though the popularity of cloud technologies rapidly grows, GoDaddy’s cloud service seemed to have been quite desolate most of the time and this was the main reason for shutting it down.
Despite the fact that the service existed for almost a year it didn’t manage to attract more than 1,200 users who now face a problem of transferring their data to a new hosting service. Cloud Servers will be officially closed in May but the users will be allowed to use the service for free until April, when they are expected to move completely. GoDaddy promises to help their users to either shift to another GoDaddy service or to Amazon or Rackspace cloud servers.
The users were naturally surprised by the decision to discontinue Cloud Servers. Some of them told CIO Journal about particular problems this will cause to their businesses and it is clear that the transition won’t be smooth. Now they need to consider and test other potential services before adopting the appropriate one and to make sure that their customer service won’t experience any major interruptions during transfer. In addition to this and as pointed out by Brad Nickel from Landry & Kling, the price may also make a significant difference. GoDaddy offered a competitive price that enabled their users to save and now they will have to rethink their financial plans as well.
What many found surprising about this decision is the fact that it came at the time when cloud computing services simply flourish. In an e-mail sent to GigaOm, GoDaddy CIO Auguste Goldman said they will continue to develop cloud technology but discontinuing Cloud Servers still raises some questions about the current state of cloud computing.
GoDaddy Cloud Servers offered great features to SMEs but they weren’t able to expand the number of their users. Is it because the users simply don’t see GoDaddy as a cloud provider? Or is the cloud space fully occupied by other vendors?
The truth is that there is a tough competence in the cloud but there are still areas in which cloud vendors are yet to develop. Many companies enter the market but their distant future is always uncertain. While the cloud is definitively here to stay the providers are coming and going and it is very likely that such trend will continue in future as well. Therefore the companies making a transition to cloud services should be aware of the possibility that their vendor might go out of business and take the necessary steps to prevent inconveniences such a situation might cause.