Bandwidth considerationsBy Sharon Linsenbach | Posted 2008-11-21 Email Print
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As customers re-evaluate their capital IT budgets, yet still need more storage capacity, cloud storage solutions are garnering more interest as users look to on demand storage. ParaScale, The Planet, Nirvanix and Amazon S3, among others, may all have something to offer an IT solution provider's customers.
But there are also some lesser-known considerations, including whether or not vendors charge based on the number of times data is accessed, says Rob Walters, general manager of hosted services provider The Planet’s Storage and Data Protection division.
Walters says cloud storage fills a void for customers who need
affordable storage for archiving, backup and disaster recovery
purposes. Offering storage as a service via a "utility billing
methodology" is a smart move for hosting providers such as The Planet
and solution providers who deliver the services.
He says The Planet uses a fairly typical cloud pricing model,
charging based on capacity used and the amount of bandwidth a customer
needs to access their capacity. But where pricing "surprises" occur
with other providers is when customers make demands to their data, and
are charged for each request.