@anurag I’ve got two major concerns.
First, Crestle had a bad debut at Lesson 1v2 a couple days ago. The service became unavailable during the live presentation. What happened and how have you addressed the issue? We don’t favor a service that is unavailable at critical times, regardless of convenience or price.
Secondly, not specific to Crestle, I’m concerned with the universal problem of being charged with idle connections. I started my Crestle session at the beginning of the live presentation, got wrapped up in the lesson, Discourse issues and chat, forgetting to stop the session. I received an email that I had an apparently idle session (good) but it said I would not be getting another such email if it happened again with the same notebook (bad). If it had been a GPU session, it could have become an expensive mistake. What can a cloud provider and user do to prevent this? Is there an idle timeout, or max session time feature?
I was hoping that Crestle would be a suitable alternative to buying a DL desktop but after these experiences, I’m ready to pull the trigger on a DL desktop purchase. Owning my own system will prevent issues with availability, performance, while providing the best CPU and GPU. The downside is cost and possibly maintenance.