Right now, Pantheon’s Performance Plan charges based on Monthly Active Users (MAU). For some companies that’s awesome - but I think other companies would like an alternative.
I would love to see something, like how Google charges Pantheon for hosting, where we pay per machine hour & machines scale up/down based on utilization.
The MAU pricing strategy has two drawbacks:
- A website that only has 5 static pages & a business model that would never do ecom has to pay the same as a website using every WordPress plugin in existance, if they both have the same MAU
- There’s little incentive for a company to optimize its site performance (whereas a consumption-based model is a win/win/win because less CPU usage saves Pantheon money, saves the customer money, and renders the site faster to the end-user)
For longer term relationships, something like “Reserved Instances” would let Pantheon’s users pre-pay for expected allocations and then have monthly true-ups for bursty moments.