Everyone knows the pain that follows after your CFO takes a look at the cloud computing bill. The products and services are priced in fractions of a cent, but somehow those fractions all add up.
The good news is that more options are appearing as smaller clouds compete directly on price. In most cases, it's not quite accurate to use the word smaller because these cloud competitors are often quite big—they just don’t have the immense size and visibility of the major clouds. That’s why some prefer to use the word independent.
These cloud companies concentrate on the most popular services, from basic instances running Linux to commodity block and object storage. Then, they slap on a price tag that could be 40% or even 80% lower.