A recent survey by DeNet, which is developing a platform for decentralised hosting and data storage, most users don’t use 100% of the cloud memory storage space that they rent. This leads to overpaying on this space which in turn results in money lost for no real benefit. Users from over 14 countries in Europe, Asia and North America took part in the survey.

The survey respondents specified their purposes for which they use cloud computing power. It is worth noting that the respondents observably tend to hire hosting and a server for several purposes at the same time. Most frequently, such services are used for hosting dynamic web pages (57.1% of the survey participants), static web pages (55.4%), and running programs or scripts on a server (48.2%). Furthermore, a measurable part of the respondents uses rented memory for data storage (26.8%) or to store files of large size (12.5%).

There is a common tendency for users to pay more than enough for memory. For instance, 19% of the respondents use less than 250 MB of server physical memory, although only 2% of the survey participants pay for that memory size. In fact, more than 17% of the respondents use less than 250 MB, while they pay for higher memory capacity. Despite the fact that the demand for leasing more than 5 GB of storage space is comparatively low, one can notice that 12% of the users pay for more than 100 GB of space (12%). These are usually “large-size” sites owners. There is the tendency to pay more than enough for memory as well – almost 3.5% of these respondents hire more server space than they use.

A similar phenomenon can be noticed in the case of cloud RAM usage. More than 18% of the respondents buy more RAM than they use, which is caused not only by a desire to have access to spare capacity at any time, but also by the way the companies provide their services in terms of a table of rates. All a user has to do is to choose the most suitable one on the basis of characteristics of provided capacities and their cost.

According to the audience of the sites distribution, the majority of the survey participants (73.2% of total) own small websites whose monthly reach does not exceed 1000 people.

Relatively small sites maintenance is often disadvantageous in today’s conditions, which are favorable predominantly for the big players. The obstacles small business face going online remain difficult because of the lack of the approach flexibility and the inability to provide an individual optimal rate for each site.

DeNet is focused on working with individuals and small businesses as well as cooperating with the major players. Thus, storing data and hosting a website by means of DeNet, one can not only secure personal data due to the decentralisation and the distribution approach, but also reduce costs of hosting and data storage and pay for the resources which have been already used. Moreover, there is no such an issue about reserve capacity the users of the DeNet network because of the possibility to obtain a required amount of extra memory or extra processing power at any time. It allows to avoid reserving memory in vain, which is unavoidable in terms of the traditional cloud services.

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