Here’s what a new startup in the Hadoop space is believing about pricing of a Hadoop service:
Rather than charge by the hour, for example, Stata’s experience suggests Hadoop services are best charged based on a monthly baseline usage with room even built in for reasonable overages. This is because companies familiar with Hadoop usually understand their baseline requirements, give or take a handful of additional jobs, and would prefer to be able to budget for that each month.
But the scalability does not come for free, the main drawbacks are 1) spinning up a cluster can take 5-20 minutes, 2) you are billed per hour or fraction thereof. This means if your job finishes in 2 hours 10 minutes, you are charged for the full three hours.
Original title and link: Hadoop/MapReduce-as-a-Service Pricing Strategies ( ©myNoSQL)