Neil Barton

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

How to spend $700/server/month with Amazon

Those who are attracted to the apparent low costs of Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud should read the Economist's news of a New York man who managed to clock up a bill of over $1,000 in a day and half.  The bill was caused not through ignorance or stupidity, but an unfortunate interaction between Google and Amazon software.

If you count the time he must have spent investigating the problem, fixing it, and getting his money refunded by Amazon (shall we estimate 16 hours at $100/hour?) his true losses into the cloud are even greater.