[FoRK] More data on storage costs for the masses...
Ken Meltsner <
meltsner at alum.mit.edu
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Tue Dec 19 14:59:50 PST 2006
CRN (rag for software/hardware resellers) has their 10 best products
list. One that struck me as a bit off was the Linux-based storage
appliance for Server Partners, FileEngine:
A low-end box + two 120 GB drives is leased to the end user at
$235/month on a three-year lease. Ignoring NPV and other
complications, that's about $4K + 25% maintenance per year.
I can see why it's an appealing deal for the reseller, but wait,
there's more: Off-site backup is also available at $3/GB-month, but
the reseller can tack on their profit, bringing the total up to as
much as $10/GB-month.
I can see why this product is so popular with resellers.
I understand there's a lot of handholding and support bundled into
these prices, but this doesn't seem to be a terribly good deal for the
average small business.
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