Cloudkick, a Y Combinator-incubated startup that offers a free server management system to businesses, is rolling out its freemium model and additional features. Cloudkick provides detailed graphs on the health of your servers, and tools to categorize and keep information about what each server is doing. Cloudkick’s dashboard allows you to easily add or remove servers from Rackspace Cloud, Amazon EC2, Linode, GoGrid, Slicehost, RimuHosting, and VPS.NET and then monitor an unlimited amount of instances. You can see all the servers in one place, and color-code and label each server.
Cloudkick will check whether servers are alive and functioning and then alert you, via email, if servers go down. Cloudkick also provides data on bandwith and other metrics on servers in easy to use graphs and tables, allowing you a visual snapshot of server activity. You can also access servers straight from web and can run commands through your web browser remotely, which is handy when you are trying to manage servers from another computer
The new paid features available on Cloudkick include load, CPU, bandwidth, and memory monitoring; advanced performance graphs and diagnostic performance. Cloudkick will continue to offer its original feature set to customers for free with the new advanced features ranging from $99 to $599 per month depending on the number of servers. Cloudkick also offers customized packages for customers with larger or more specific needs.
In addition to the monitoring and management tools, Cloudkick also offers a free Provider Directory that lets customers compare information about multiple cloud providers; from pricing plans to different hardware offerings.
As we’ve written in the past, Cloudkick is part of the birth of cross-cloud applications and management tools. Its management tools allow businesses to optimize their investment in the cloud; and easily compare pricing between various providers. Currently Cloudkick is has over 3700 registered accounts and is adding more clients daily. With its innovative product and fair pricing, we expect to see big things from this startup.