I am considering upgrading to the $20 plan after a number of months on the free plan. I’ve been to Azure, AWS and am still evaluating Google Platform. The trouble with Azure, AWS and Google Cloud for a Developer just learning and looking for a place to showcase code is that not only are you charged for VMs, Database Engines, VPs, Storage, Security, Firewalls, IDEs but you have to be an Architect, Network Administrator, Server Administrator and DBA before you can develop and implement a ‘Hello World’ application. Its more than most Developers need or can afford.
I Just hope that AWS did not purchase Cloud 9 to dissolve it as a separate entity. I hope if anything they simply add it as a service for development. I see that Google Cloud has an experimental IDE that uses another company that allows source code to be stored and used with this IDE. It’s very close to Cloud 9 in that sense and it includes a Shell window like the Terminal Window for CLI commands ie starting up the server.
I will only consider a flat fee for a premium service I don’t plan on using any other of the previously mentioned cloud services including AWS unless a client or business partner is paying for it. You can’t possibly afford it as a freelancer otherwise. I can afford the $20 for the premium and expect to have a half dozen or so constantly running web apps and APIs in MEAN stack to show to prospective clients wanting to hire me for contracts. That’s all i got to spend folks.
Yes I am perplexed by the combination of support now. You can deploy to Azure a competitor of AWS. How does that work? I recently saw that Google Cloud is also a valid remote repository also a competitor of AWS. Where is that going? Support for the Google Cloud App Engine. Why that one when the Cloud 9 IDE is built on Ubuntu 14 with the Google Compute Engine? By the way I’m waiting on Google Cloud to actually delete projects so I can test the Compute Engine with Ubuntu 14 but these cloud services take forever to delete resources when it is not in their interest to do so (precisely when you figured out you don’t need something they want you to pay them for).
I’ll go ahead with the premium purchases so long as its a month to month for a flat fee but as soon as Amazon starts doing the support and alters the pricing scheme I’m out.