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Then prototype first. Rent a server or two somewhere for 3-6 months and run a shadow first. Once you're confident that you understand all the "other 80%" stuff that is involved running your own infrastructure and don't lose data, then think about doing it yourself.

A service providers' biggest responsibilities to its customers are security, durability, availability and performance -- in that order. You guys are vastly underestimating the complexity involved in getting first 3 right.

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