There is a lot of hype being generated by the distributed storage solutions:

They (supposedly) offer low-cost storage, and also pay for people to share their storage for others to use.

However, it is extremely difficult to find out how much it costs in everyday money to use these systems (or how much one would get paid), as they are based around their own crypto-currencies (which prices are often quoted in Bitcoin to add further obfuscation). The duration of storage adds further complexity to making a comparison.

As such, it's extremely difficult to know how much each service costs or pays out individually, and even more difficult or to make a fair comparison between them.

In my searches, people are looking for some real-world figures and/or a way to calculate them - but they are not readily available.

I would like to ask a question along the lines of:

How can I work out which is the cheapest storage solution [of the three], based on storing 1TB of data for a month?

I tried to ask the analogous question with respect to earnings here but it was closed as off-topic.

I feel that this question would add value in clarifying very murky waters, but I'm not sure where to post it, or even if it would be on-topic for any SE site.

If it's not on-topic for SE, any pointers as to where to ask it outside?

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    The problem with such questions is that hey go stale very soon. At best you can ask for a general approach but that becomes more of a math problem .... – rene Nov 27 '16 at 12:14
  • I agree that the method of finding out the answer is more important than the answer for today (teach a person to fish and all). I'd be very happy with math variable source data and the formulae to operate upon them - there really is diddly out there when it comes to any basis of comparison. – Tom Hale Nov 27 '16 at 12:24

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