If you want to build your own collection of Linux boxes, Google Compute Engine offers a nice, generic way to buy servers at what -- depending on the size of compute instance you need -- can be a great price. The most attractive feature will probably be the proximity to the other parts of the Google infrastructure. Google is as much a data vendor as an advertising company, and the collection of APIs is growing nicely. I can see how some companies will want to run their computational jobs in the Google cloud just to be closer to these services.
The Web GUI for provisioning instances and disk shows the REST packet that will actually do the work, in case you want to automate the task later.
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