Recently, I’ve found startup programs sponsored by hosting companies. They help startups on early stage and give credits which can be used to pay for hosting costs. In return what they want is to see you growing big, because if you succeed you will become major client for them. I think this is win-win situation and worth to try.
When we calculated our budget for Loadash the biggest costs were related to hosting, because we can develop application by ourselves, we are trying to use free services and we can live without ads. If you read our previous post “How to generate leads before product release date” for now monthly expense is 5$ and we pay it for VPS server. As a SaaS company our main concern is alpha release, because we are planning to launch alpha version with only free plan, which means that each customer would need at least 5$ VPS server to use our services. Tough part is we can’t even predict how many customers we might have after release. So our budget now looks like “unknown number of customers x 5$ = $?” and we are thinking to try our luck.
If you are launching SaaS, PaaS, IaaS startup you might face similar issue and this post hopefully will help to choose the right hosting company with startup program.
So here are some companies which provide free cloud hosting for startups. All these companies provide tech support, mentoring and I’m going to list only budget.
OVH — up to €100,000 for 1 year.
Microsoft Azure — up to $120,000 for 1 year.
IBM Cloud — up to $120,000 for 1 year.
Google Cloud — Up to $100,000 in credit for 1 year.
Alibaba Cloud — $2,000–50,000 up to 2 years.
Aruba Cloud — up to €50,000 for 2 years.
Amazon AWS — up to $15,000 for 2 years.*
Interoute — up to €1200 over 12 months.
Webglobe Yegon — €500 per month for 1 year.
DigitalOcean — $21,000 for 1 year.*
OnRamp — no budget information.
ScaleGrid — DBaaS 90% discount for 1 year.
*You are in an approved VC/accelerator/incubator.