Richard Bucker

who is paying for whom?

Posted at — Jul 5, 2016

Some months ago there was talk about the rich and the middle class. The question was who was paying the bulk of the taxes. Some talking head said that the top one half of one percent pays more than the rest of the country.Bu that’s not my point.I like CoreOS. I like that they have found products and services that let them earn a living, put food on the table and send their kids to school. But where I get frustrated is that Quay.io costs $12/mo for 5 private repos. But if you’re an enterprise customer it costs $1200/mo for 1000 repos. If you do the math it seems that the starter user is subsedising the enterprise user.Consider this that the enterprise user likely has larger projects with many more servers and many more users. You cannot tell me that once the initial setup is performed that the enterprise user is benefiting from any amount of scale. Furthermore, bitbucket charges for each user in the private repo and githut charges for the number of repos. The reality is that as a startup users I have multiple projects and false starts but I only work on one project at a time.Whereas in an enterprise I might have many hundreds of programmers all smashing away at my repo at the same time.As for the CoreOS' managed solution the minimum charge is $995/mo for 10 servers. As a startup I’d be lucky to have 10 servers. But right now everything is manual and I’m writing my own automation scripts. I’m not total embedded with CoreOS infrastructure. Their pricing is $100/mo per server; which extends to $1200/yr. In my case I have 3 CoreOS machines that I use for development. I need an HA solution because my hardware is unreliable. Each Server is an Intel Nuc and cosys $350. There is no way I’m going to pay 4x or a managed solution.What CoreOS fails to realize is that the difference between my unmanaged servers are their managed solution is their dashboard. My systems still auto upgrade on schedule. Everything else I orchestrate manuyally or automate myself. By the time my code get’s out of DEV I cannot demonstrate the power of the managed solution because it’s not.If I were in charge of CoreOS' sales and marketing….$1/mo for a registered startup per service (managed CoreOS, Quay, Tectonic) paid in advanceFREE email support 9-5/m-fPay for phone supportFREE online documentationAt least 5 machine licenses locked to NIC or something like that (3 clustered etcd2, 2 workers)Now for $36 per year you have my credit card, my money, and my hardware. Getting a little greedy I might want a second set of 5 (no more than five in a group) so that I can test operation in multiple datacenters or even production vs dev/staging.In closing, if you’ve ever been the purchasing manager or decision maker for buying some new service you know how complicated it is to get someone to fork over money while in a beta or extended beta. If you start of with a program as I’ve outlined you have a better chance to convert these startups to enterprise.