Cycle cost of storage per month

First question on the forum, so if this is the wrong category, feel free to move it…

Let’s say I wanted to create something like a cloud-based Digital Asset Management (DAM) system. One of the core pillars of such a project would be the storage of the digital assets, and as such the cost of storage ($/GB pr month) is important.

Currently I use Azure storage for my projects, and they have a fixed cost per stored GB/month. With the IC model, it seems storage uses cycles, and 1 trillion cycles costs around 1 dollar or Swiss franc. However, how is storage cost calculated in terms of cycles per month? I can’t seem to find info on this anywhere.

Edit: Same question on bandwidth use… what does it cost in cycles to download something like 1 GB of data


Short (unhelpful) answer: We don’t know the storage fees yet, stay tuned.

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Oh… I guess I’ll just have to wait then.

Has there been any announcements about whether or not cycle costs are static or dynamic? Can I plan on that 1 GB of storage per month will always cost 1 million cycles (as an example), or could that cycle cost differ from year to year, month to month? Is the cycle cost in any way connected with the price development of the tokens (the “fuel”) or is it only the token value that fluctuates?


There might be changes over time as hardware becomes cheaper or the software is tuned, but the idea is that this is all rather stable and predictable.

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Now that the IC has officially launched, is there any update on this question of storage cost?