Dash Core Group
Well, I'm willing to consider other options, but the "good enough" comparison you're making isn't an equivalent comparison.
Speed is the goal. There is no way we can rent a server with the specifications I'm looking for.
I'm still rearranging items to fit under budget (would rather have $6000 for a 4 socket, 48 core machine), but the current specs look like this:
16 cores at 2.8 GHz -- we need massive threading to compile all the PC/Linux/Mac flavors quickly.
64G Ram -- gitian deterministic builds need lots of room. I want more, but am having to compromise.
2TB SSD -- Lots of very fast I/O for above. 1TB OS/Userland (low wear), 1TB compile (high wear) - the Samsung 850 Pro's I'm looking at are rated very well and are a fantastic value for the money. -- I'll probably shrink these in lieu of ram after gitian profiling.
12TB Disk -- Lots of space for backing up every service we have and storing every compiled artifact for ipfs (internal) distribution. Am looking at WD Gold 6TB's.
I do agree we could do it cheaper, but only by compromising attributes I wish to build upon.
You've made a good case, and answered the most relevant questions, no need to nickel and dime it. I'm sure your proposal will pass.