We are working on automatically scaling hardware based on usage, similar to how Aurora Serverless or FaunaDB works. And this would be pay as you go based on usage rather than on the hardware selected. We expect to have an MVP of this around summer of this year. If you’re open to it, would love to have you as beta customer for the the serverless offering in the summer.
A first step to enabling pay as you go, auto scaling serverless offering is the beta of a free forever tier in CockroachCloud that we released just yesterday. Would love to hear your feedback on it - it should be available in your Cloud account today.
Finally, we are also working enabling APIs to support CI/CD pipelines and other use cases to create/scale and delete clusters without going into the UI itself. I don’t have a firm date on when that will be available but it is a priority for the first half of this year.