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Calculating your cloud storage costs

Amazon announced today they are changing the price for their S3 data storage service.

In face of current credit crunch, they are bucking the trend and making their services even cheaper, particuraly for the seriously high volume users. If you are pushing a lot traffic through Amazon S3 then you will notice a small decrease in your monthly bill come the 1st of November.

Amazon are not the only service provider offering large data farms. Another great service that we've been using of late is Nirvanix. Granted, they are not as cheap as Amazon, but they do offer a lot more flexibility. I will be writing up a full comparison report on the two very soon. So stay tuned.

In the meantime, as a very rough guide as to how much these guys cost to use for your own requirements, we've released a simple online cloud storage comparison calculator so you can easily see the differences. We'll be adding more providers to it soon.

But whoever you choose, a word of caution if you will.

Always make sure you have a back up of your data sitting in the cloud. Always work on the assumption that one day even Amazon will disappear and leave you data-less. A good administrator will not have all their all eggs in one basket, no matter how cheap that basket is!


 

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