South African host Cloud.co.za has an office in Cape Town and is a division of Host Africa (Pty) Ltd. When this company started its journey, the term “cloud computing” had yet to be coined, but by 2013, cloud computing’s colossal potential has become apparent. Since then, Cloud.co.za has focused on creating powerful cloud hosting solutions for clients ranging from individuals to global corporations.
Since this cloud provider owns all its hardware, and it doesn’t lease space on other hosts’ servers, it can boast about the absolute quality and security of its hosting environment. Cloud.co.za offers cloud servers, virtual servers, cloud reseller programs, domain registration, and SSL certificates. Its website is in English.
Features and Ease of Use
Cloud.co.za offers nine Linux VPS plans plus nine Linux and seven Windows cloud servers, one VPS reseller program, and one domain reseller program. Some of the notable features of its Linux VPS plans are:
- 99.95%+ uptime per year
- 1 to 16 CPU cores
- 1 GB to 32 GB memory
- 20 GB to 500 GB SSD storage
- 500 GB to 5 TB web traffic
- Automatic weekly backups with optional Acronis backup plans
- Full DNS and RDNS control
- Full root access
VPS plans let you install the operating system of your choice: Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian, and more. The cPanel and Plesk control panels are available as paid add-ons, as are Windows Server licenses and additional SSD/RAM/CPU resources. With the Softaculous installer available as an add-on, you can easily run several popular installation scripts with a single click.
SSD storage means you will enjoy faster read/write speeds and enhanced reliability, and the full root access (Linux) or remote desktop (Windows) means you can exercise complete control over your hosting environment.
Cloud.co.za offers two kinds of virtualization: KVM (the pocket-friendly, secure, open source solution) and Virtuozzo (for centralized management and better resource utilization).
Pricing and Support
The Linux VPS plans are cheap. You can pay for them in USD or ZAR (South African Rand) by PayPal, bank transfer, credit card, and SnapScan mobile payment app. Available billing cycles are monthly, quarterly, half-yearly, and yearly, and you get a 10% discount in exchange for an annual commitment. Change your mind within two weeks for a full refund, thanks to the 14-day money-back guarantee.
Customer support can be contacted via telephone, support ticket, email, live chat, or online form. Since the live chat wasn’t working when I wanted to try it, I was pleased to receive a response to my exploratory email instead.
If you prefer to try supporting yourself, you can do so via this provider’s knowledge base and blog.