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If you have access to the code that is storing your data, you have the option to host it yourself or pay someone else to host it with the same client.

That's certainly true in 'regular' open source economics.

But storage is somewhat unique in that the significant cost factor is not the price of alternative proprietary software but the hardware costs of the storage medium itself - and those are constant regardless of the license structure the software layer is using.

Additionally, scales of economy come into play to such an extent that the costs of hosting this kind of storage myself will be wildly more expensive than a volume player like Amazon who operates entire datacenters (this argument goes beyond just the op-ex/cap-ex tradeoff)




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