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View Poll Results: Huge hard drives and big pipes to the internet back bone mean that disk space and ban
True 9 52.94%
False 8 47.06%
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  Post #1 (permalink)   08-12-2015, 07:51 PM
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Huge hard drives and big pipes to the internet back bone mean that disk space and bandwidth are no longer the limiting factors on shared hosting.

True or False?

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  Post #2 (permalink)   08-13-2015, 04:21 AM
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I won't vote as it is true and then it is not. The end story comes to how properly managed it is. If done correctly, space and bandwidth simply is irrelevant, the limiting factors come down to CPU, ram and so on.
 
 
 


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  Post #3 (permalink)   08-13-2015, 07:35 AM
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I vote Yes! Over the last 30 years, space per unit cost has doubled roughly every 14 months (increasing by an order of magnitude every 48 months)


Historical Cost per GB of HD space over the years

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Year    Average Cost Per Gigabyte
2014    
$0.03
2013    
$0.05
2010    
$0.09
2005    
$1.24
2000    
$11.00
1995    
$1,120
1990    
$11,200
1985    
$105,000
1980    
$437,500 

At 3 cents per GB, there is little justification to charge different prices for different shared hosting plans whose essential difference is disk space

More analysis can be found here: http://www.mkomo.com/cost-per-gigabyte-update

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  Post #4 (permalink)   08-13-2015, 03:33 PM
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Ummmm, $0.03/GB would mean you buying tarabyte drives for $30?

What kind of drives are you running in your servers?
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  Post #5 (permalink)   08-13-2015, 03:53 PM
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Ummmm, $0.03/GB would mean you buying tarabyte drives for $30?
2TB, Enterprise Grade for $62: http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digita.../dp/B00PA1CVNS

A search at Amazon shows about 100 2TB and larger drives between $55 and $100

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OK. If you want to use a old RE2, 7200 RPM, SATA II drives.....

I think I'll stick with my 845DC PRO's
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  Post #7 (permalink)   08-13-2015, 04:51 PM
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I'd say true, however as RDOServers said it's not quiet that cheap yet but still cheap.
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I'd say true, however as RDOServers said it's not quiet that cheap yet but still cheap.
He's comparing SSD to HD. This thread really isn't about how much you can spend, its about how little you can spend. Thus his choice of drive doesn't invalidate my conclusion.

But SSDs have also shown dramatic decreases (that's why they are so popular now) and down to less than $0.50 per GB. Amazon has a Samsung 840 EVO 1TB for $400. Over a two year lifetime that's only a little over a penny per month per GB. Compare that to the monthly prices charged for hosting plans and the answer to my question in poll is a resounding TRUE!
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I say true
 
 
 


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I'm going to have to say false you can have the biggest hard drives ever made you still cant avoid the the HDD is still being the bottleneck when it comes to performance. I do not care how big your pipes are or how super fast your processors are. you cant make a SATA 7200 bypass disk IO and sustained Iops. So you still limited to what ever those drives can push.
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I'm going to have to say false you can have the biggest hard drives ever made you still cant avoid the the HDD is still being the bottleneck when it comes to performance. I do not care how big your pipes are or how super fast your processors are. you cant make a SATA 7200 bypass disk IO and sustained Iops. So you still limited to what ever those drives can push.
Exactly this. Good advice when considering computer purchases of any kind. Well said.
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True & false. Bandwidth is not much of a limited factor anymore, but diskspace still is - especially in markets pushing toward SSD storage, where the cost per gigabyte is still higher. Add to that the fact that each node can only hold so many drives (for most that's gonna be 4), and for web hosting in particular, some control panels (there amongst cPanel) only natively supports up to three for web storage afaik - and well..

Disk space is and will remain the issue for many years to come. Bandwidth is no longer much of an issue, and hasn't been for a while.
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I'm going to have to say false you can have the biggest hard drives ever made you still cant avoid the the HDD is still being the bottleneck when it comes to performance.
It appears you misunderstood the poll. While your point about performance is true, it really has nothing to do with the cost of disk space, or its allocation in hosting plans, or its cost relative to hosing plan prices. Obviously, disk performance does not increase if your site is on a 10 gb plan instead a 5 gb plan on same server
 
 
 


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Because even though if we could provide heaps of these resources, there would still be limits on them. Other parts of the HDD and bandwidth still have to be accounted for, for instance IOPS and optimizing and clean routing of the traffic coming in and out of the services.
 
 
 


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Because even though if we could provide heaps of these resources, there would still be limits on them. Other parts of the HDD and bandwidth still have to be accounted for, for instance IOPS and optimizing and clean routing of the traffic coming in and out of the services.
But how does the few gb disk space quota difference between two plans affect that? Is it not true that a site on hosting plan with a small amount of space may use more of those other resources than as plan with "heaps" of space? Is it also not true that the unit cost of the extra gb of space in the larger plan is so small that it does not make up any sizable part of the price difference of the two plans?

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