> Always hard to know when a new style of product hits the market how the price/volume trade off will work. But my gut feel is that if it was pitched lower the higher take up levels would more than compensate so that the overall profit would be much higher.
> (On the other hand it is easier to start with high prices and drop them than start with low prices and raise them.)
Yes, and corrolary: if you're going to make estimates about a product which doesn't exist yet, don't shoot too low. In theory, anyway - please don't quote me on that.
> An hour for 50 cores ?
Yes, for 50 separate minimal instances. I'd prefer to stay away from the term "core", that's an implementation detail.
I see it a bit like topping up a pre-pay mobile/cell phone. Nobody has a problem with doing that so I can't see the problem for rental Rybka.
The issue is that you want to have a package which costs around 100 Euro, and which can be used without having to even think about a clock.
> Some people (like me) would love to run a smallish cluster for one hour or less...and never again.
Just a warning: once you use great hardware, it's hard to go back.
The psychology is totally different between buying and leasing.
> The psychology is totally different between buying and leasing.
Shrewd point. Understanding this makes a big difference.
Last year in our USA trip, I leased a GMC Yukon. Coming back home I found out that I couldn't live with my VW Passat anymore. I had to buy an SUV
So in your case you ditched your wife (the Passat) and married a woman with whom you first had an affair (the SUV). It's all right. This has been known to happen!
Returning to my point: with no personal ties of commitment it is very easy to jump from one system to another, both up and down the power/cost scale. But once you have a personal commitment to the a particular machine or set-up, to some extent it becomes a reflection of your personality, aspirations, idiosyncrasies.
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