CLAIM: Even including the surrounding costs—such as electricity, bandwidth, space rental, and IT administrators’ salaries—Backblaze spends one-tenth of the price in comparison to using Amazon S3, Dell Servers, NetApp Filers, or an EMC SAN.
UPDATE: Price per petabyde now down to around $50,000 not counting controllers and other peripherals. Here is a good slam on Amazon’s cloud (within which CIA’s mini-cloud is a virtual rain-drop): Cloud Storage Marketing Hype: Amazon Glacier’s Big Claims.
This snapshot of the world at night, stitched together with photos from NASA, contrasts with the little access to electricity in Africa compared to the global north. Energy poverty translates to poor health care, stifled economic growth, toxic fumes, limited or no education, and lack of safety.
Phi Beta Iota: As with water, the absence of use can also represent sensibility — most of the energy use shown here is waste.