Occasionally I do stuff in the cloud that is not data science in the cloud. Mostly file sync or DIY socials. For these purposes I do not require complicated orchestration of scalable kubernetes clusters to run my high availability microservices architecture or what-have you. I do not want backups; the service will probably be a host-proof p2p service or something else easily recreated if it falls down. What I do want is
- cheap storage, and
- cheap VMs/containers.
General considerations: Is a billion-dollar worth of server lying on the ground tl;dr Amazon is weirdly expensive. Why not go, e.g. OVH? Is it strictly because they have fewer HOWTOs?
- Oracle Cloud Free Tier offer a lot of server for free, if you can handle it being RHEL on ARM. That sounds like a good deal to me. Have not yet tried.
- OVH is quite cheap. I use them a lot. Occasionally they catch on fire but this seems like a modest trade-off for my purposes.
Not covered: Digital Ocean because they are too expensive. AWS are not that cheap and also last time I tried to use them I burned a whole day trying to understand their insane control panel and uploaded weird XML snippets to mysterious API endpoints.