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Storage Cloud Offered by Houston Hosting Vendor
Coupled with a server hosted at The Planet, customers get on-premise Network Attached Storage with the access and usage-based billing features of Storage Cloud. All Storage Cloud customers with servers hosted at The Planet are connected through its network. The service is being marketed as a way for customers to "eliminate the hassle of managing two separate invoices, one for on-premise file storage and another for cloud-based offerings," since The Planet Storage Cloud provides both services in a single account.
It isn't completely unknown for cloud storage platforms to surprise customers with inflated invoices due to unexpected and hidden transactional fees. Rob Walters, general manager for The Planet’s Storage and Data Protection business, touts what he calls The Planet's "no-surprises philosophy" in avoiding such scenarios.
Pricing starts at 25 cents per gigabyte, with discounts as customers use more. It isn't out of line for other hosting companies to charge between 60 cents and $1 for equivalent NAS-type products. The Planet says bandwidth charges are incurred only for outbound-transactions, and all uploads to The Planet Storage Cloud node are free. The firm provides customers a single account for managing both their hosted environment and storage cloud platform, and the Storage Cloud platform is accessible through CIFS, NFS, FTP and HTTP, as well as an extensible API streamlining integration.
David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.
Edited by Jessica Kostek