Ten reasons to love the cloud

January 21, 2012

(This article was first published on Rrasch, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

Ten reasons to love the cloud:

  1. The names on Heroku. empty-moon-9726. Suddenly the cloud seems prosaic when you can have the moon.
  2. Being reunited with putty. It’s like catching up with an old friend. At first the conversation is a little stilted, but then you soon remember just how well you got on and what brought you together in the first place. Things will never be the same between you and the command prompt ever again.
  3. Never having to talk to anyone in systems admin ever again.
  4. Having one instance for one programming language. Let’s face it, Ruby and Python don’t really get on so keep them on different boxes, in different continents.
  5. Running 64-bit R from your phone. Just because you can.
  6. Being able to say ‘I’ve just set the analysis going on my cluster in Rio de Janeiro’
  7. Never having to talk to anyone in systems. oh, did I say that?
  8. Telling your boss that 4 virtual cores with 2 EC2 Compute Units should do it. It’s just so Star Trek. Throw in a few Tachions and we’ll hit warp speed.
  9. Never ever writing a line of PHP again.
  10. sudo apt-get install r-base-dev

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