As it goes for other providers we cannot comment but as far as Webo.hosting goes we can shed some light for you. As you might know, we are not a giant corporation like Dropbox or Google and to put it simply we cannot afford to compete with their prices. But you must know we are offering private cloud storage and we do not make any money from collecting and reselling data nor do we get any money from ads. We rely only on our customer’s payments for our products and this is how it should be if we want to offer private and secure storage for your data.
Your calculations are not really comparable. We do know that a lot of providers do not provide free backup. But all our plans (except dedicated servers) include full free backup on a remote location and we store 7 daily backups, 4 weekly backups, 3 monthly backups. So as you can imagine this is a lot of backup space for your cloud especially if you fully use 1 TB cloud, therefore we must have few TB of space reserved only for you, so it’s not only the space you ordered in question. And don’t forget that we offer multiple pre-enabled apps such as Collabora and Onlyoffice and they require the additional servers to run. After all, besides the hardware cost, you must also consider staff costs, we do offer 24/7 free support and of course we need to pay our staff. Yes, you can host cloud by your self, but the point of going with hosting company is that we take care of everything from Nextcloud updates, system updates, fixing any issues you might have, etc.
So, all in all, it is not just the hardware cost that determine the end price, like you are trying to compare. There is a lot more going on behind the scenes to make everything running.
And don’t forget, if you are a business, you need fast and reliable support 24/7 no matter if its a holiday, weekend, whatever…
After all, we could offer much cheaper solution, but without backups, Collabora, Onlyoffice and other or we could just adopt a Google business model and make money from your data and/or play adds. Our services would be cheaper that way indeed. But this is just the opposite of what we stand for and we strongly believe the internet should not be like that. We are aware that our prices are not low, but trust us, we are doing everything in our power to lower the prices as much as we can, but not on the cost of quality of our service or other important things.
Hope this sheds some light on the situation. Besides we don’t belong in special treatment tax group like giants do.
Cheers from Webo.hosting