Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! This is what pops into my head in reviewing the various pricing models that exist for cloud providers. Unfortunately, I have found that what appears to be pretty straightforward and inexpensive pricing at first glance, from some of the major cloud providers, ends up being extremely complicated, unpredictable, and a much higher cost overall. In working with various clients and completing our own research, we have found there are various pricing models and several elements that impact the pricing. The important thing to remember is to do your research and make sure you are reading all of the fine print and asking questions, as what appears to be straightforward, may not be.