I am relatively new to the field of bioinformatics. My lab has recently shifted work towards bacterial genome assemblies, amplicon analysis, and metagenomics using MiSeq data. There is currently no computational infrastructure in my lab and I was wondering if the money would be best spent to pay for a cloud compute cluster on Google or Amazon EC2 or if some investment into infrastructure should be made. We currently have no workstations.
Secondly, if we do invest into infrastructure, I was wondering about the importance of having server grade hardware (with ECC memory) vs workstations.
My only understanding is that the datasets I will be working with would be considered small in the bioinformatics community but wanted the best option/value for what I have access to.