Well, I don’t think it will motivate Tiny much to invest further in Meteor if you destroy the Galaxy business model…
Besides, I think the biggest issue Galaxy had in the early days was that MDG tried to position it in the high-price market. Although Tiny changed that after the acquisition and even introduced a free-tier again (which is just awesome!), that perception still sticks to many Meteorists (including me). Renaming it to Meteor Cloud to get rid of that legacy was a good move.
We’re also on AWS now, and not likely to switch. Mostly, because we got used to it, and it just works. I can clearly see the benefits of an auto-scaling out-of-the-box service maintained by Meteor professionals, though. So there is definitely room for Galaxy. And we should keep in mind: that’s what motivates Tiny to keep up their good work in the end.
And thanks for the links to Nagios and Cacti. Wasn’t aware of these. One question here: Don’t these tools need to run on your own server as well, so you have to include this in your total price comparison?