Still, I think that even if LL keeps the current price structure in place, it’s worth considering a move from the current grid to a cloud-based one, using exactly the same hardware and bandwidth: at the very least, they will provide far better service to the highest-traffic regions (encouraging them to stay). They might even increase things like the land use allocation and the amount of simultaneous avatars, because the cloud hypervisor would be able to shuffle high-traffic regions dynamically to better hardware and allocate the required resources of the whole server in exclusivity. These would be good selling arguments. And they can certainly do their development on Aditi first, which runs on older hardware and is far less stable than the “main” grid, thus allowing testing under poor conditions.
The future will tell, but it looks rather bright so far! 🙂