I’m about to start comparing cloud server brands. Please help identify the brands and criteria. BRANDS: rackspace, peer1, amazon. Linode, gogrid, beanstalk, heoku, google appengine. CRITERIA: phone app, CPU, ram, disk, network, geographic diversity, cost, backup, storage, OS variety, disk persistence, overall system latency, reliability, customer service, PCI. I would like to compare these services to a home grown solution but my intuition suggests that a performant server org all the required hardware to match these brands will be out of reach for just one or two virtual server instances. I’m taking about 50K USD. Multiple cores, lots of speedy ram, San disk cluster plus spare parts. There is now way to build this on the cheap.