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Altiscale Ups Hadoop Game With Cloud Service
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Re: Pricing Model
  • 1/29/2014 10:34:03 AM
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That's an interesting model, especially the TB/minutes metric. It almost sounds as if it'd be cheaper to upload, process, and then clear out -- but then they hit you with data transfer costs. I'm very interested in seeing how this plays out.

Re: Pricing Model
  • 1/29/2014 8:27:16 AM
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Michael, Stata didn't get too specific on pricing, as you might imagine. But Altiscale maintains that it's pricing is Hadoop-, rather than infrastructure-, centric. It says: "It's our job, not yours, to efficiently translate infrastructure into Hadoop." For compute (YARN), Stata said Altiscale "has borrowed a page from cell plans -- we don't want customers to be surprised at the end of the month with a big bill." So, they pick a plan based on expected capacity, in "task minutes." Altiscale will work with the customer to revise the selected plan should the customer consistently fall above or below that capacity. Here are some basics. From Altiscale literature, the monthly, fixed-price plans specify:

•YARN compute allowance (in task-minutes, not nodes)
•HDFS storage allowance (in TB-minutes, not peak capacity)
•Data transfer (TB/mo) allowance
•Multiple networking options depending on requirements
•"Roll-over minutes:" you can go over allowances at no charge
• We ask you to increase plan only when you're consistently over
 
•Predictable spend, yet only pay for the Hadoop you use

 

 

 

 

Pricing Model
  • 1/28/2014 11:44:19 PM
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I think Altiscale's onto something big -- but when they say they charge based on usage, I assume they're talking about storage space and processing cycles, yes? Do you have a sense of how the monthly fees are determined and what they are?



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