I tried to explain the concept of renting computing power.
I understand that. What i donÂ´t uderstand: do you mean to run the prcodess of stitching and rendering remotely on a machine which is located somewhere else in the world?
Because in that case you would have a constant stream of data - as you have on your local machine between Processor, RAM, HD, grapic card - via the web.
To try to pin that down:
1) you can run it all on a local machine. You need to upgrade your machine to a certain level. Right.
2) you can send all the images to somebody else who stitches and renders them. You have no control, canÂ´t keep delicate things in secret (for Marlboro i needed to sign non-disclosure papers to assure them nobody but me can see the photographs of the product. Not - sometimes - even an asistant. In advertising thatÂ´s a usual procedure when you work for a campaign).
3) you can use one or more VMs on your machine to split up the processes - stitching on No1, editing on No2, rendering on No3. ThatÂ´s ok - but it slows down you machine significantly and provides no advantage.
4) i understand you suggest to have a machine in the cloud which does for you the same like VMs would do on your local machines - IF i understand you correct!??
That would mean you act like you work on your machine at home - but physically you work via the web on a machine which stands somewhere else.
ThatÂ´s what i understand you state.
I know this way - i photographed a campaign for IBM some time ago which dealt with that "distributed computing" (not sure that was the term). The point is: that works fine
when you handle lots of small files like in office use - but itsÂ´s a mess when you handle big files.
I still donÂ´t know what you mean IN DETAIL!
Definitely the best way is to configure your local machine for the work you need to do. If you NEED to have a massive hardware it means you have jobs which require massive hardware.
If you donÂ´t have jobs which require massive hardware you can do very fine with less massive hardware. Because time isnÂ´t a such important factor when you do it as a hobby or deal with small panos.
Seems simple logic to me . . .