I was recently asked by an individual who needed more disk room for his hosting package why it cost so much compared to the cost of hard disk drives. He only needed a few GB more.
In the answer I offered him some details that I hoped would explain that it’s not just hard disk space he’s paying for, some of which is below.
Their was a natural reaction, and of course I don’t think any of us really start thinking about the expense of supplying the solutions or goods we use – once I buy my capuccino we seldom consider the expense of providing it, but we have winced during the cost some places charge.
So to everyone out there, when you pay for your uk colocation or additional services you may wonder at the cost but keep in mind that:
We need to buy enterprise grade hard drives
We’ve to buy enterprise class servers
We need to run a datacentre and lease space in other datacentres with hundreds of servers
We have to power the gear within it 24/7
We need to cool it all
We need to buy and keep maintaining power that is backup, generators, fire suppression gear.
We must buy lots and lots of bandwidth and maintain a big and resilient that is complex secure and enterprise course network
We have to buy, license maintain and upgrade software
We need to employ staff to guide our customers and maintain all the above
We need to employ associated services that are supporting.
We have to cover fees, insurance coverage, building rents and rates
We are business so after every one of the above, we now have to try and make a revenue
The internet and computer services are noticed as something that should be almost free, but it’s often lost on individuals that what they spend for actually supplies an an awful lot of support and infrastructure.
The is an industry that competes heavily on price, and we’re not the uk colocation, but at the same time whether it’s us or any other ISP you do get a lot for your money. It’s certainly not as simple as buying a drive that is hard.
As I said, it’s quite understandable not consider the price of delivering what you get as we all do it, but the above might just explain some of the price you pay.