Posted Apr 5, 2006 18:43 UTC (Wed) by smoogen
Parent article: The end of the Fedora Foundation
I worked at Red Hat for several years and so my comments can be dismissed as more propaganda.. but I can say that the bandwidth costs are accurate. When I was running the FTP mirrors in 2000->2001, the costs were over 500,000 a year for our mirror sites. The amount of bandwidth has gone up and the costs are no longer being 'given' away prices.
Bandwidth was the largest cost of the mirror servers. The 6 servers and their Netapp backend was a pittance in how much it cost for bandwidth.. and we were given deep discounts during the dotcom hype to get Red Hat's name on XYZ's colo name. Bandwidth is the hidden cost of the Internet commons.
The reason I am commenting on this, is that I have had multiple conversations where people do the math that if they put together 100 home DSL's they would supposedly have the same bandwidth as some colo and not pay as much as the business says it puts into costs. Most people dont realize that most home users get loss-leader pricing that is supplemented by higher costs to businesses... Universities also get a discount but that has been going away in some spots. [At least a couple US midwest university IT people have told me that they are looking at charging bandwidth costs per dorm room to cover the rising costs they are getting.]
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