Cloud-based home labs: Have you retired your gear?

I’ve been working on a series of articles for detailing the steps I’m taking to completely rebuild my home lab. My old lab setup wasn’t very flexible and didn’t allow me to do the range of testing that I’d like to do. For a lot of reasons, I need to maintain a hardware-based lab in my home, but for many projects, I could just as easily spin up an Amazon or Azure-based environment to get my work done.

How many of you have taken the big leap and simply retired your home labs and moved to the cloud? Do you regret the decision at all? From a cost perspective, has your move to the cloud borne any surprises?

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