Amazon’s Linux Hosting
Buyaa! The new Amazon EC2 service seems just unbelievable! Support for easy creation and management of large service grids is just what I need! However, the service isn’t suitable for applications that can’t fully utilize all the resources — 1.7Ghz Xeon CPU, 1.75GB of RAM, 160GB of local disk, and 250Mb/s bandwidth (source). In such cases services like OpenHosting are still more cost-efficient. Of course, it might be possible for a virtual server provider to utilize the Amazon infrastructure..
This makes it even more difficult to decide between renting and owning the hardware. If you own all the stuff, the hardware and software configurations can be optimized for your service (like, MySQL supports SCI). But, for example, the EC2 provides a web service-API for managing the grid, which is pretty hard to get to your own system.
Well, although the decisions get harder to do, it’s always good to have options.