vaasnet, Awesome First Experience. Need a VM Now, for just 2 hours?


I’ve known about vaasnet for quite a while.  Basically, vaasnet is a way to almost instantly (OK, it took about 4 seconds to come up) grab a fresh VM (currently 99 cents an hour), do a bunch of stuff and go away.  My bunch of stuff was I need to download a bittorrent file that was about 5 gig and I know if I do it from either home or over my hotspot, bad things will happen.  If I do it at home, Comcast will send me a letter accusing me of stealing something, and if I use my Verizon hotspot, well, it’s a 5 gig per month plan.  You do the math.

Back to vaasnet.  Here is my experience today:

  1. 30 seconds to put my credit card it
  2. 4 seconds to boot a general purpose workstation
  3. 5 seconds to RDP into it
  4. 2 minutes to download bit torrent
  5. 35 minutes to have bit torrent download a 5 gig file!
  6. 35 minutes to have bit torrent download a 5 gig file (had to say it twice)
  7. 1 minute to transfer the file to my ORCSWeb server I already have
  8. $1.70 billed to my credit card.
  9. OMG!

I think that about says it all.  OK, maybe not it all.

I’ll be back!

OK, now that says it all.



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  1. Peter,

    This sounds like a great resource. Now about that 3GB bittorrent file…



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