Does Alpha Anywhere Scale? Heck Yes! And With Extremely Attractive Hosting Costs

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Does Alpha Anywhere Scale? Heck Yes! And With Extremely Attractive Hosting Costs


Developers who are evaluating Alpha Anywhere for custom web and mobile as well as SaaS app development often ask us, "Alpha is really powerful and productive, but will it scale and how much will it cost to host my applications?"

To answer this question we turned to Clive Swanepol CEO of ZebraHost, a leading hosting partner of Alpha and who has "feet on the ground" experience hosting  a very large number of mobile and web applications built in  Alpha Anywhere.

The applications hosted by ZebraHost are both custom applications built by and for businesses and organizations of all sizes, as well as a rapidly growing number of SaaS (Software as a Service) applications.

These are some the things we've  learned  from Clive.

  • ZebraHost is hosting Alpha Anywhere applications where the number of users of the application ranges from less than 100 to tens of thousands.
  • ZebraHost's servers are located in some of the world's most advanced datacenters. The datacenters, located throughout the US, Europe and Asia are owned and operated by IBM company Softlayer. Leveraging this leading edge infrastructure ZebraHost has load balancing and redundancy setup of Alpha Applications down to a science.
  • Most interestingly, we also found out that hosting costs are in the single digit percentage range when compared to the revenue that clients are generating from the Alpha Anywhere SaaS apps hosted at ZebraHost.
This  was shocking news (in a good way!)  because we simply did not realize that Alpha Anywhere's deployment costs are so much lower than the costs presented in this article outlining typical costs for hosting as a percentage of revenue for SaaS apps built using other technologies.

So whoever said "you can't have your cake and eat it" is going to have to rethink that—at least in terms of development of web and mobile apps that can be built apidly and hosted extremely cost effectively!
Alpha Worldwide Developers Conference 2014
Excited reaction from an Enterprise Customer to the upcoming Alpha Anywhere capability for building "offline" mobile business apps really easily and quickly

About Author

Richard Rabins
Richard Rabins

Co-founder of Alpha Software, Richard Rabins focuses on strategy, sales, and marketing. Richard also served as CEO of SoftQuad International from 1997 to 2001, when it owned Alpha. In addition to his 30 years with the company, Richard played a key role as co-founder, and served as president and chairman of the Massachusetts Software Council (now the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council), the largest technology trade organization in Massachusetts. Prior to founding Alpha, Richard was a project leader and consultant with Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), and a management consultant with Management Decision Systems, Inc. Richard holds a master's degree in system dynamics from the Sloan School at MIT, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and master's degree in control engineering from University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has served on the boards of Silent Systems, Legacy Technology and O3B Networks, and is co-founder of Tubifi www.tubifi.com.

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