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Gwen Rodgers
Gwen Rodgers
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ScaleGrid doesn't do traditional website shared hosting, but it does do fully-managed, scalable database-as-a-service (DBaaS) solutions for MongoDB, MySQL, PostgreSQL, or Redis. You can look forward to prompt pre-sales support with this provider.

Overview

ScaleGridAmerican company ScaleGrid is headquartered in East Palo Alto, California. It provides a fully-managed database-as-a-service (DBaaS) solution for MySQL, MongoDB, PostgreSQL, or Redis on private or public clouds, including Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), VMware, and DigitalOcean.

Thousands of developers, startups, and enterprise customers such as Adobe, Polaris, and UPS use ScaleGrid’s DBaaS to automate their time-consuming tasks and therefore concentrate on their core businesses.

ScaleGrid’s website supports English.

Features and Ease of Use

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ScaleGrid offers fully managed hosting (with free backups) for MySQL, PostgreSQL, Redis, and MongoDB databases on the AWS, DigitalOcean, and Azure public clouds.

The shared hosting for MongoDB databases in Docker containers starts at 2 GB and goes up to 35 GB, and with the starting plan, you get:

  • MongoDB database 3.4.9
  • 2 GB storage
  • Scheduled and on-demand backups
  • Unlimited databases
  • Automatic scaling
  • WiredTiger Storage Engine
  • Snappy compression
  • Three-node replica set to ensure data accessibility if one instance fails
  • One-click backup restore

The MongoDB shared hosting system will automatically scale according to the size of your data, with RAM scaled to 1/10 of the data on disk. If you want to scale your RAM separately, you’ll have to choose a dedicated server instead.

To improve performance, you can use ScaleGrid’s on-demand slow query analysis to generate heat maps and show slow queries that could be improved. For security, you can use access control groups to lock down access without resorting to IP whitelists, and disk encryption protects your data against potential hacks.

ScaleGrid’s API lets you automate job monitoring, login/logout, and miscellaneous management tasks for your MySQL, MongoDB, PostgreSQL, or Redis DBaaS accounts. Its Bring Your Own Cloud (BYOC) plans allow you to manage your MySQL, PostgreSQL, Redis, or MongoDB database clusters in the safety of your own cloud account.

Pricing and Support

ScaleGrid’s plans are competitively-priced at around 30% less than competitors for twice the features. You can pay for plans monthly in U.S. dollars via debit/credit cards or bank transfer. But first, there is a 30-day free trial period subject to some conditions such as the RAM autoscaling being disabled.

You get free 24/7 support via email, live chat, or telephone with the shared hosting, dedicated hosting, and BYOC plans. SLA-based support includes 24-hour and one-hour response options, and I’m pleased to say that my email inquiry received a reply within four hours:

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For self-support, ScaleGrid provides a blog, some tutorials, and one or more sets of frequently asked questions.

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Bottom line on ScaleGrid

ScaleGrid could be your go-to provider for fully-managed database-as-a-service (DBaaS) for MongoDB, MySQL, PostgreSQL, or Redis. With several self-help tools and quick customer support, getting started should be easy.

Pros

  • Seven years of industry experience
  • Reliable and competitively-priced DBaaS solution
  • Full admin access for 100% control over your clusters
  • Efficient customer support

Cons

  • No money-back guarantee
  • Not traditional shared website hosting

For scalable database-as-a-service solutions, see ScaleGrid.

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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