Midrange computers are expensive to purchase, and not exactly inexpensive to maintain. Like a mainframe they require a temperature-controlled environment for optimal performance, and periodic monitoring to ensure all hardware components are in tip-top condition.
My husband and I own four personal computers, three of which are in working order and the fourth which is languishing in a closet begging for me to transform it into a MySQL server. (Yeah, yeah – I hear you! I’ll get around to it one of these days.) The cost of a midrange is generally far outside of our budget. While we could afford to purchase a used machine, the electrical bill would be outrageous and the maintenance costs unreasonable in light of our income.
It is, then, unrealistic for us to set up a data center in our cute but dusty and drafty old house.
As a consequence, working for a company which boasts not 1 but a full 13 midrange computers yields great benefits. I have virtually unlimited access to the power I require to code, test, refactor, test and finally deploy my pet projects. Thanks to VPN, being on site is not a requirement and so if insomnia strikes or I am in the mood, I can log on and play.
There is a price to be paid for the pleasure of this power. It is, however, a small one – merely one’s heart and soul.