And nothing of value was lost.
Maybe the storage vendors will continue with their trend of consumer grade and enterprise grade stuff... the gap in cost per TB unit will widen ! Problem solved !
Any Joe that want to run his own server?; it will be a tougher proposition. Big business always wins.
With out getting too technical (and I'm outside of my depth on this) I have this feeling that there really isn't/truly that much of a greater cost when it comes to storage memory in terms of it being enterprise and consumer grade. Yes, sure there are enterprise features and junk, but at the end of the day does it really cost -that- much more to make a tiny microchip a little different from the next one? (Again talking from my butt here)
There is no hardware in the Cloud®? All my data is stored in water droplets?
I used to think this way, if the hard drives aren't in my private server, they have to be in the cloud? How could the hardware vendors be hurting, right? I think it's because the cloud providers use resources so much more efficiently. Here is what I mean: Let's say you have 1,000 businesses, each with a 1 TB SSD in their private on prem servers. Let say each business on average uses, 250 GB of storage. Now let's say those 1,000 businesses, with 1,000 SSD's in the field were to move to the cloud overnight. The cloud provider would only need to buy 250 SSD's not, 1000.
It's all that unused capacity entangled with individual units sold in the field where the vendors will be hurting.
(Yes, yes, I know there are holes in my example,such as backups/raid/storage/etc/etc/etc but I'm not always the best at explaining my perspective on a matter). Despite "X" amount of storage being used in the field, presumably being the same in capacity if moved into the cloud, far fewer units of equipment need to be purchased to service the same number of businesses/customers.
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