During some recent weekend R&R, my family and I saw a "human statue" street performer. He looked as if he'd been spray-painted gold – clothes, skin and all. He had a bucket out for "donations" and there was a healthy crowd watching. Parents would give dollar bills for their kids to put in the bucket. For each dollar, he'd do robotic movements and noise for 5 to 10 seconds and then return to statue status. After a few seconds, another dollar would go in the bucket and the cycle would repeat.
My son, a budding numbers-geek, said "Wow Dad, he makes pretty good money. I'll bet it’s $50 an hour." Being a full-fledged numbers geek, I said "By my calculations, it's more like $70 per hour".
This got me to thinking. What do we provide our customers for $1 of hosting fees? So I figured it out for our most popularly sold hosting offering. This is not $1 per line item below; it’s $1 for the whole package below.
- 272,232,402,234,637 operations performed by the CPU at 50% utilization
- 12 megabytes of RAM
- 1.4 gigabytes of hard drive space
- An Operating System to make it all happen
- 45 seconds of technical support
- 5,538,770,949,720,670,000,000,000 electrons (in the form of electricity)
- 10,909 average sized packets of public transfer
- Up to 37,973,200 average sized packets of private network transfer
All numbers are approximate. Nonetheless, be sure to make use of your hosting dollars here at SoftLayer!