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At the NICTA stand, we were shown a cost decision program being developed by the research organisation, which allows the input of various cloud variables — such as when a company would predominately use a cloud infrastructure service, the number of CPUs and virtual machines, the maximum CPU load per virtual machine and the database size. After these variables have been entered, a list of cloud providers and their costs, based on the company's needs, become visible. As prices change, the program will be updated automatically.