How many people are leasing vs buying hardware for development workstations or local servers? Why?
We are using AWS or equal more and more. Local machines demands more interaction and knowledge
Likewise: AWS workspaces are great for temporary or even permanent development machines. If I need specific Microsoft development tools I tend to turn to Azure's equivalent.
This is interesting and I have never considered DaaS as a useful solution, but not a bad idea.
However, you still need some sort of local hardware.
I buy my dev machines, mostly because I am a Mac user and they last long enough for me to save up for the next one.
For servers, I used to buy or lease depending on how many I needed at the time but as Wim and Johan have said, AWS or equivalent VPS is becoming my chosen method - I don't have to adjust the set up on my local firewall, or worry that my ISP is going to do something funky with the traffic, or whether or not using a VPN from a particular machine will play havoc with external access, or have multiple UPS devices, or worry about rack space, power outages and the like... There's a lot of peace of mind that comes with buying a service.
Before I bought the latest rig, though, I considered just hanging on to the old machine, maybe buying a new monitor, and renting a VPS by the minute - the price was pretty similar, but I'd have been stuck in Windows for the FileMaker development work and I still prefer using the Mac version.
I'm still considering whether or not the next workstation will be a Raspberry Pi connected to a VPS. In a couple of years that might be the way to go, but I doubt it will drive multiple monitors as well as what I currently have.
Daniel Farnan wrote: I'm still considering whether or not the next workstation will be a Raspberry Pi connected to a VPS. In a couple of years that might be the way to go, but I doubt it will drive multiple monitors as well as what I currently have.
Daniel Farnan wrote:
I have about 10 Raspberry Pis on my network here, running anything from OpenVPN, Tor access point, Kali for security testing, 2 webcams, OwnCloud, my own DNS server and a couple of Windows 10 IoT sandboxes. Hadn't really considered it to evolve into an all-day workstation but maybe they will.
For now they are excellent low-cost low-load mini-servers.
Daniel Farnan wrote:I'm still considering whether or not the next workstation will be a Raspberry Pi connected to a VPS. In a couple of years that might be the way to go, but I doubt it will drive multiple monitors as well as what I currently have.
AWS Workspaces is accessible via a web browser, and could be used with a Raspberry Pi. A compelling case can be made to keep business assets and intellectual property on a virtual private cloud, and use a secure PC over IP type client to connect to it. Then you can connect to it from Mac, windows, iOS, android, chromebook, whatever... and still get to your work.
Say for example you have a FM server that is only accessible on that private network in the cloud, and you connect to a desktop running FM Pro that can connect to it. All kinds of possibilities now.
Interesting Mike, as we did something similar with a ChromeBook, which worked really well using Citrix Receiver and RDP.
The things that stops us doing this more are those opportunities to work from a car passenger seat, plane or train, where a local copy of FileMaker is currently the only way to do this.
Interestingly both Citrix Receiver and Jump Desktop can be used with a Citrix X1 mouse on an iPad, so with a small light bluetooth keyboard, it can be a development and support platform. The only thing against this is the size and weight of my 12” MacBook and the similar overall weight between the 2 combinations, usually makes me reach for the MacBook (albeit often with the iPad alongside as a second screen).
bigtom, we buy our hardware, as it only consists of a relatively low powered computer or iPad, as all our development when connected to the Internet, is via Remote Resources and hosted FileMaker servers. We often purchase AppleCare, so we can keep a laptop for 2 years, then sell on with a year’s worth of Apple warranty. Non Mac hardware tends to be Surface Pro or SurfaceBooks.
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