Re: And how much does 410TB of storage on S3 cost?
dont forget that you have a lot more in costs than just the drives. lets just say that you are going to wind up using 250 2TB drives by the time that you are done to have 410 TB, plus RAID and hotspare. Each one of these drives will run about 800 in my experience (of course it could be less in this kind of quantity, but humor me). So that is 200,000 right there. That doesn't include the trays and SAN headers. So that is probably about 21 trays for disks, at around 5,000 a piece, so a total of about another 100,000. For the SAN headers to handle this, I imagine that you are talking another 100-200K, lets go midway to 150,000. So far we are at 450,000. We will also be using at least 2 cabinets, very possibly 3 to store it. Lets go with 3 so that is a small amount of about 10,000. Then you have your UPSs, not sure on the total, but I am sure it is another 10,000 easy. dont forget the SAN switches and HBAs that you will need, so that will be another 50,000. Now you need support contract costs, space to lease for storing the racks, someone to be able to manage it, installation costs. Then you have to option if you want to have it replicated, and then you can double everything. dont forget that you need a system admin to manage this now, which will cost 100K annually.
Anyways, I see it being at least around 1/2 a million up front costs for this and quite easily much more, and that is not counting any of the recurring costs. I don't know what kind of performance Amazons storage offers, but if is higher performance I can see the numbers rapidly climbing. Anyways Enterprise storage and consumer storage are two different things so the cost is not as outrageous as it seems.