Reviews and expert opinion Cloud-A

Ranked 1546th from 3629 Web Hosting
4.2
  • Features
    4.3
  • Ease of Use
    4.2
  • Support
    4.1
  • Pricing
    4.2
Server locations
Halifax
Vancouver
Gwen Rodgers
Gwen Rodgers
Web Hosting Expert
Cloud-A is a high-class Canadian cloud hosting company, aimed more at corporate enterprises (which want to host applications and store data) than at newbie webmasters looking for simple shared website hosting.

Overview

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Cloud-A is proudly Canadian cloud computing company that was founded in 2013. It provides cloud hosting to hundreds of companies, and its website is in English.

Features and Ease of Use

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Cloud-A offers a range of services, including cloud servers, application hosting, big data, and managed cloud security. Its cloud servers come with these features:

  • 99.999% uptime track record
  • Optional backup services 
  • A choice of 15+ Linux distributions and Windows versions 
  • Infinite scalability
  • Unlimited monthly transfer
  • Up to 16 GB disk space 

Cloud-A provides plenty of performance-enhancing features, including SSD storage (which is far faster and more reliable than traditional shared hosting) and a “next-gen” content delivery network (CDN) that allows content to be served quickly anywhere in the world. To guard against potential data disasters, your files are saved in three different locations.

There are integrations with popular programs like WordPress and Drupal, and more advanced users can code in scripting languages such as Django and Ruby on Rails. Indeed, one of Cloud-A’s key offerings is its full-stack application hosting.

In terms of uptime, you get “nearly 100% availability” which translates to a 99.999% uptime track record.

Pricing and Support

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Cloud-A’s prices are perhaps a little higher than competitor companies, but it has some value-adding tricks up its sleeve, such as tracking your resource usage in five-minute blocks so that you only pay for the resources you use. You also only pay for storage (not hosting) if you switch off your server, and there are no setup fees or other hidden costs.

If you request a snapshot, you will be charged per GB per month for the length of time your server snapshot is stored. This could be an inexpensive way to keep backups if the snapshots are sufficient.

For support, you can contact Cloud-A via email, ticket, Twitter, or even postal mail. The additional live chat often looked to be online but wasn’t. For self-support, you’ll find a Resource Library containing case studies, white papers, and other resources.

Bottom line on Cloud-A

Cloud-A offers a range of cloud hosting solutions aimed at corporate enterprises. It’s not the cheapest you’ll find, but it provides some neat features — including pay-per-use billing — and there is a decent set of self-support resources.

Pros

  • Only pay for the resources you use
  • Billing in five-minute increments
  • Sufficient self-support resources
  • Scalable solutions

Cons

  • Live chat wasn’t live when I tried
  • Slightly overpriced plans

Get Canadian cloud hosting at Cloud-A.

Gwen Rodgers
Gwen Rodgers
Gwen is a web developer and software engineer who loves to get lost in JavaScript (and a good book). She spends her free time teaching girls how to be coders, and doing yoga on her balcony in the sunshine.

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