Dont forget to take into consideration 100gb of backing up, is 100gb of bandwidth.
20clients @ 100gb = 2TB of data, which is more than most servers are capable of holding. So thats 2 servers youd realisticly need, for 20 clients. + 2000gb of transfer. I can see a profit being made, but you'd need a pretty strict set of permissions setup, as how often they can backup etc.
Well we have the bandwidth.. and have built machines with over 6TB in the past (our freehosting is currently using over 4TB. I mean 24 * 500GB SATA gets you to 12TB already.
As far as Gnax goes, I think I should be able to undercut them by a little bit. I was thinking 100gb for 30-40/mo, they charge 45.
I am just not sure if there is enough demand to invest in the expensive hardware? The issue is that we have some hardware and BW avaliable... just not sure what the best way to *use* it would be (outside of regular virtual hosting and free hosting that we do). Any ideas/comments/suggestions?
Don't just look at trying to undercut them in pricing. BQInternet offers 100GB for $20, 1TB for $150. Look at how you can provide additional value to your service, maybe something the others don't offer.
There will always be the group of consumers that will sacrifice everything to get the lowest price. Rise above that, and compete at a different level and go after the audience looking for great support, automated backup tools, etc.
Its a competetive market, but if you focus on the right industries (not WHT) you could do quite well. If you do a google on remote offsite backups you will see that many of the companies charge quite a lot, if you can break into that market you could do quite well.
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Yeh.. only if i ignore WHT pricing.. I can't compete on the virtual hosting , dedicated hosting or even the backup hosting.. (on price). The hosting we sell for $14.99/mo people are selling here for under $2
Originally posted by amelen I wonder how many customers BQ is getting for the back up plans.. hmm
I'll have to agree with the others here about competing on price. Until you're able to get the volume required to sell at low prices, you need to focus on providing a service that justifies a higher price.
The current standard seems to be $0.50/GB. Can you find a way to justify charging $1/GB, or even more? These are the customers you'll want while you grow your service.
We sell a remote backup service under a different brand to the local market and charge quite alot for it, about $10 per month per PC + $15 per month per gb.
We have been quite succesful selling on the local market, as alot of small businesses that want backup also want the person selling it at the end of a phone and not too far away in case they need to get them in for an emergancy data restore.