1TB Bandwidth—How Much data is that REALLY?

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Early last month, Atlantic.Net officially announced that all virtual private servers (VPS) and cloud servers received an upgrade that provides an increased outbound data transfer capacity of 1 terabyte (TB), absolutely free. This gives our customers the ability to send 1,000 times more outbound data from their VPS and cloud servers than previously available. This essentially eliminates bandwidth costs, ultimately saving you more money. But, what does the phrase “1TB of outbound data transfer” actually mean?

First, let us explore the concept of the terabyte. A terabyte (TB) is a unit of measurement for digital information. For comparison purposes, one terabyte is equal to one trillion bytes, or 1,000 gigabytes (GB).

When the first hard disk drives were created in the 1950s, they were the astonishing size of a household refrigerator. Even though they were massive in size, they only had the capacity of a few megabytes (MB). In 1982, the first IBM PC was released, and this computer had a storage capacity of just 5 MB. Three decades later, a major improvement was released to the general public—a 1TB disk drive that is just 2.5 inches wide—perfect for a laptop computer. It was also in 2012 that a 1TB USB flash drive was created—a concept that would have baffled the inventor of the original hard drives in the 1950s.

In 2007, 1TB hard disks cost over $350. Just five years later, you can find the same capacity for under $100. For just a little more money, you can purchase a 4TB hard drive at $179.

To imagine how much information a terabyte of storage can hold, consider the following information. One terabyte of audio recorded at studio quality will contain around 2,000 hours of audio. The same amount of storage will hold around 620,000 photos. This is surely enough space, even for most professional photographers. With a 1TB hard drive, you can store 2,000 hours of digital videos and around 1,000 hours’ worth of DVD-quality movies.

Near the end of May, tech company Yahoo! unveiled a new interface for its popular high-quality image and video hosting site Flickr. This update included a new key feature in the hopes of reeling in new visitors from across the world—a whole terabyte of free space per user! This is approximately 70 times bigger than the storage capacity offered by other image hosting websites.

Next, let us investigate the concept of data transfer. In a self-explanatory fashion, data transfer references the volume of information that is transferred to and from your website. For example, every time a customer looks at your inventory in your online store, data is transferred. Each time a visitor purchases an item, more data is being transferred. Additionally, any email sent to you at your domain name consumes data.

Essentially, the concept of data transfer and allocated amounts should be a key factor in choosing a hosting provider. With the increase of 1TB of outbound data transfer, you can rest assured knowing that your information will continue running steadily, and at a good price; Atlantic.Net’s award-winning VPS and cloud server hosting plans start at only $0.007 per hour. That’s just $5.11 per month!

A virtual private server (VPS) hosting solution is perfect for businesses that need more dedicated service. An Atlantic.Net VPS allows customers to build, test and deploy Windows or Linux servers powered by cloud technology in just seconds. Our VPS solutions offer simplicity, security, scalability and reliability backed by the most up to date platforms available. With a VPS in the cloud, you are guaranteed to receive the full amount of allocated memory, CPU, network and other features that you are paying for and you have the ability to scale your resources as necessary.

Additionally, with a VPS hosted by Atlantic.Net, you will see the benefits of free nightly backup, no contracts, continuously running power systems and live technical support available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for 365 days a year.

In addition to our award-winning VPS solutions, we offer cloud hosting capabilities that unseen elsewhere. With almost two decades of experience in connectivity, advanced computing, hosting and web technologies, our cloud servers are truly the best in the industry. We realize that a one-size-fits-all approach to cloud computing practically never works, so we offer private and hybrid cloud options that are completely customizable depending on your personal or business needs.

Our proven cloud hosting guarantee includes a 100% guaranteed network uptime, 100% guaranteed cloud server hardware and a 100% guaranteed infrastructure. Are you seeing a pattern yet?

With Atlantic.Net cloud servers, you only pay for what you use—nothing more. Our cloud hosting  also reduces the costs associated with sites that receive high traffic and maintain large databases.   Try Atlantic.Net industry-leading cloud hosting today and receive a free $10 trial credit! There are no commitments or contracts, and setup is completely free.

Now that Atlantic.Net has increased the previous capacity of outgoing data transfers to 1TB, you can clearly see that this is a big deal. What are you waiting for? Contact Atlantic.Net today to see how we can get your business running in the cloud.

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