The mechanism is simple: to use our platform you’ll need to top-up your account with credits (1 credit = 1€).
As you’ll start using our platform and resources, you’ll start ‘burning’ these prepaid credits. Compare it with a Skype account: buy credits, and use the credits by making phone calls.
It is a pay-per-performance (the higher the performance model, the higher the credit burn rate), and pay-per-use (the more hours you use, the more credits you pay).
Pricing consists of 2 main parts:
You can choose between 3 subscription profiles: Basic (for single users), and Team and Enterprise (for multiple users). One subscription gives you access to one workstation and multiple features.
As an example: if you are in a team of 10 people, that all need their own workstation being able to work simultaneously in parallel on 10 different workstations at the same time, you’ll have to go for 10 Team Subscriptions (including 10x 5GB of shared storage).
Subscription cost is a monthly fixed price, and mainly covers the cost of licenses (up to the Operating System).
You can switch between subscriptions at anytime as described in this article.
Now that you have chosen a subscription, let’s have a look at the usage cost.
The usage cost, depends on the performance model you chose. A more performant model, uses more resources, and as a consequence will ‘burn’ more credits. I like to compare this with the performance of a Ferrari vs. a VW Golf. The Ferrari will consume more fuel per mile than the Volkswagen, but it will be faster from point A to B (assume no speed limits exist).
You can choose between an Hourly usage model, or a Monthly model:
– The Monthly model is to be compared with an all-you-can-eat formula. Whatever the amount of hours you use your workstation, price is a fixed monthly price. This model is used for companies that need workstations to run algorithms 24/7 or that want to have certainty about pricing.
– The Hourly model is a model where credits will be deducted every started hour. Let’s get back to the example of the Ferrari and the Volkswagen: the hourly model is to be compared with the amount of miles/km/distance that you plan your trip to be. If you’re planning on driving 1000 miles, you’ll burn more fuel than driving 100 miles.
Furthermore, our approach consists of being as transparent as possible about our pricing and credit burn rate. Instead of warning people about abusive usage, we prefer to pro-actively avoid this issues. Economically not in our interest, but it’s a fairer approach towards our end users. Therefore, we developed an automated shutdown tool, to avoid virtual machines burning credits in the back end without our customer being aware. Read more about this feature here.
If you’d like to make a simulation of the monthly price of your company, feel free to contact sales.