Available for free?
This is an interesting tool. I'd like to know if it will be available for free in the future, or the costs if there will be any
Jen Underwood commented
Thanks. I am really enjoying the Data Scientist Workbench. It is great for quickly showing a quick demo of big data analytics tech like sparklyr and h2o.
AdminLeon Katsnelson (Director & CTO, IBM Analytics Emerging Technology, Cognitive Class Labs) commented
We think Data Science community could use open source without enduring the pain and hardship of putting the environment together. That is what DataScientistWorkbench.com does. You would expect open source tools to be free and so do we. So, it is free now and free forever.
We host the open source tools and provide some storage and compute and a whole lot of education (at http://BigDataUniversity.com) free of charge. We intend to offer this free FOREVER! This is not a time-bombed trial.
We do anticipate that they will be people who may need more storage or compute than what we can afford to provide for free. So, we have to create a higher tier plan to recover some costs but our desire is to avoid that. We would rather you connect to Big Data systems like Spark and Hadoop clusters - either your own or IBM services.
So, we like to tell people that DSWB is "Google free". As in you get gmail for free but if you exceed 15GB you got to pay a few $s for the extra space.
Yes, we are going to be free like gmail service for ever.