I saw the same announcement today. I am really excited!
The computes I do now have never been cloud-scalable, but just having the resource available is a big deal and may affect designs of projects.
When I talk to clients they’re always so impressed by the speedups I can give them for pretty cheap hardware, but they’re always unhappy by the fact that they have to get the hardware at all. With a cloud solution, it’s like magic to them… it’s not the cost, it’s the annoyance of having specific hardware they need to have and support. Cloud resources solve that hassle.
The biggest roadblock I think I’ll hit is the common vague worry “but we don’t want to have our super-secret data stolen! It can’t leave the building!” This is a serious concern for some customers… not because it’s common or even a threat but just because of the uncertainty they’re unhappy with. There’s no solution to it other than local servers of course.
Amazon’s price will indeed be interesting…