"While GoGrid is actually very competitive on price and performance relative to AWS and the other hyper-scale public clouds, such as Windows Azure and Google, it is a part of the large middle tier of infrastructure as a service providers that is looking for ways to differentiate their cloud infrastructure versus those very large players, rather than go head-to-head on raw resources," he wrote in an e-mail. GoGrid is fairly unusual in offering all of these different types of open source databases as opposed to other providers like Rackspace, Joyent and IBM that choose to develop an expertise in one of these platforms. GoGrid is perhaps the strongest in the evaluation stage of these open source databases though, he adds.
The point is that for end users, GoGrid is offering an easy way to test out open source databases. Eagle says that's valuable: Increasingly IT shops should consider using the cloud for big data management, and if they're inclined to use open source tools, GoGrid is one of many places to start.
The market is in its early days. For many users, AWS's DynamoDB and EMR are a fine fit, especially if the users have no plans to bring the services back in-house and they want to take advantage of AWS's broad set of ancillary features. But for users who just want to dip their toe in the open source cloud-based database waters, GoGrid is an option.
The 1-Button deploy orchestration engine is a free service, customers only pay for the underlying resources. GoGrid's pricing can be found here.