There has been a few questions about the cloud and its uses in bioinformatics on Biostar, but most of the questions date back a bit (see for example: Is Amazon's EC2 commonly used for bioinformatics? and Experiences with cloud computing in bioinformatics
I work in an environment where a variety of computing ressources are available, from my desktop to in-building servers and a country-deployed supercomputer infrastructure. Because of the variety of needs we face when doing data analysis, often more options are better. This is why we have recently started using EC2 from Amazon Web Services.
In this context, it would be nice to have an update on how Biostar members use the cloud for their computing needs. It would be nice if you could state which services you use, in what context and for what kind of projects/analysis. If you don't use the cloud, maybe you could also write about your experience and what turned you off.
I think new insights into how and when to use cloud computing could benefit a lot of small or medium-sized labs doing bioinformatics. It would surely help us!
NOTE: You do not have to be a big player to post an answer. Please share your experience!