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You're right, but I know of a few startup teams that chose Linode, Rackspace etc. at start to account for future 'scalability' concerns. Well the number of users never came and they spent a lot of time just configuring stuff. Of course I have also seen teams that couldn't build a decent business on AWS.

I think the net cost of an extra personnel (a server admin) in a startup team, is more than the cost of the server.

Huh? In general AWS is chosen for 'scalability' concerns given it's auto-scaling functionality, not Linode/Rackspace/etc.

If anything, I see a lot of people choose AWS for 'scalability' concerns when they never end up needing to scale.

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