The cloud isn't cheap. Amazon just notified me that their new Dedicated EC2 instances are available that finally answer some performance issues in the cloud.
Solid state drives are great. What's not so great is when the manufacturer leaves a firmware out that is defective for an extended period of time. The 0006 Release of the Crucial RealSSD C300 has a problem where it stutters during normal usage for 1-3 seconds. It's still usable but it's very annoying.