How much storage is unlimited storage?Posted: May 23, 2013
I am always very puzzled by unlimited storage offerings, because there is, of course, no such thing as unlimited storage. So really, how much is unlimited ?
A company rightfully calling itself Idealize Hosting offers the following, for the modest sum of $5.89 per month.
I am so glad I found these guys. At last, a hosting company that can fulfill my untarnishable thirst for storage. Considering that $5.89 only buys me 62 gigabytes of 99.99999% reliable storage on S3 and 589 gigabytes of storage on Glacier, Idealize’s offer is a bargain.
Registration was easy. Luckily, I have a spare domain to use for this trial.
And I definitely did not forget to tick that box (warning: if your password is deemed too weak, you will need to re-tick this box again).
The last step is to agree to the TOS. Reading through, one of my worst fears comes true. It is prohibited to:
Hosting large amounts of data not specifically tied (“linked”) to your hosting account.
Well, enterthebatcave.com is now a website dedicated to the download of large chunks of random data.
At last, the registration is completed, and Idealize sure wants me to know it. I have received no less than five email messages from them in less than a minute.
I find all the information I need in the message titled New Account Information. Their system is based on CPanel. Again, I get the confirmation that I have unlimited storage space.
It’s now time to design my website. A quick
phpinfo tells me PHP 5.3.21 is installed (at the time this article was written, the latest available version of the 5.3.x branch was 5.3.25). I am honestly surprised by the fact that their PHP installation is so up to date.
30 minutes later, the bat cave is finally ready.
This is probably the shittiest code I have ever written but meh, whatever. Using ab(1) (Apache Benchmark), I shall now generate a few files. Strangely, after a not so long moment, no data was inserted into the newly created files. My stats in cPanel are now:
Isn’t it odd that my “unlimited” storage cannot expand beyond “1000” mb? That number is too round to be a coincidence. Is 1000 mb the definition of unlimited for Idealize? To answer this question, I contacted Idealize’s tech support.
I never heard back from them, but I got the following email.
Oh well. I guess unlimited means 1 gigabyte.