Originally Posted by easyhostmedia
but even so each HDD has a limit, even if you charged $1000 a year and an average HDD costs $100 to purchase. you need to make a profit, so for the $1000 you could allow then 7 HDD, so what do you do after than if they have paid for unlimited space
The biggest issues are a) charging enough that you are profitable and b) being able to scale your storage up as you need it.
I mean if 95% of your users are going to use 100g+ of storage - that's fine if you're charging ~$200/year+ per client. If 95% of your clients are going to use 5G or less then $10~20/year is feasible. That said neither of these sets of numbers really account for the rest of the operating costs [ support, bandwidth, power, hardware, leasing, etc ]. This is assuming you aren't limited to 4, 8, or 12 drives in the server hosting all of these customers.