I’ve been waiting for a decent cloud provider to provide a data centre in Malaysia for a while. And recently, Alibaba Cloud launched their data centre in Malaysia to some fanfare. So, I decided to take a look at their offerings.
While their offerings are pretty nice when compared to other major cloud providers, at a very reasonable price, one thing that caught my attention was the fact that it may be cheaper to host in Singapore, compared with Malaysia.
Their cheapest elastic computing service (ECS) package in Malaysia is priced at US$111.96/year (US$160 non-discount) that comes with 1 vCPU, 1GB RAM, 40GB Storage. Their comparable ECS package in Singapore is priced at US$4.50/month (US$54/year) also comes with 1vCPU, 1GB RAM, 40GB Storage, 1TB Transfer.
If that is all that one needs then it doesn’t make sense to pay almost double the price to host locally when traffic to Singapore has such low latencies. However, the waters get a little muddier as we move up the tiers.
The mid-range package in Malaysia is priced at US$160.68/year (US$229/year non-discount) and comes with 1vCPU, 2GB RAM, 40GB Storage. Their comparable package in Singapore is priced at US$19/month (US$228/year) and comes with 1vCPU, 2GB RAM, 40GB Storage, 3TB Transfer.
The higher-range package in Malaysia is priced at US$258.48/year (US$369/year non-discount) and comes with 2vCPU, 4GB RAM, 40GB Storage. Their comparable package in Singapore is priced at US$39/month (US$468/year) and comes with 2vCPU, 4GB RAM, 60GB Storage, 4TB Transfer.
So, it’s nice that a major cloud provider now has a presence in Malaysia. It’s something that is worthwhile to consider only if one has a need for higher powered servers and lots of traffic in Malaysia. Otherwise, it would still make more sense to host in Singapore.