Web Host and Domain Provider GoDaddy Closes GoDaddy Cloud Servers
July 22, 2017
Web host and domain provider GoDaddy has closed its GoDaddy Cloud Servers service. With head offices in Scottsdale, Arizona, United States, GoDaddy is one of the world’s largest providers of hosting and domain names. The company has a clear focus on catering to SMEs and startups and provides the resources they need to set up a website without the need to engage a website developer.
GoDaddy Cloud Servers was launched only last year. The news of its closure comes against the backdrop of GoDaddy’s agreement to sell ‘PlusServer’ – a cloud remnant of its acquisition of Host Europe Group (HEG) – for $456 million. Underpinned by Open Source OpenStack software, GoDaddy Cloud Servers was intended to attract smaller businesses, but there wasn’t a clear fit between the product and the company’s suite of services.
While the service enjoyed the benefits of a partnership with cloud provider Bitnami, which made installing applications on cloud servers easier, one of the obvious reasons for GoDaddy closing the service is the competition it faced. Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, Google, Oracle and IBM all have cloud services that dominate the space. The service will shut down December 31, 2017 and Bitnami apps and images support ceases November 15, 2017.
“After serious consideration, we have decided to end-of-life our cloud servers’ product,” explained Raghu Murthi, GoDaddy’s Senior Vice President of Hosting in a statement. “GoDaddy Cloud Servers provided numerous learnings for us that we’ve already been applying to other products and services.”