The Google is about to offer Gmail to anyone who wants it (or at least anyone who can get text messages). Also, they are about to upgrade storage to 3 gigabytes per user. That’s a lot of disk space. Math time!
1.2 billion net users * 3 gb per person =
3,600,000,000 gb / 500 gb per drive =
7,200,000 drives * 183.99 each =
$1.3 billion. Now, for me and you, it would take a little while to come up with that kinda cash. But not the folks from Mountain View!
$1,324,728,000 / ($3,077,446,000 profit in 2006 / 365 days) =
Or, a little more than five months.
It’s possible ordering 7.2 million hard drives will kick in a quantity discount. I’ll leave it to someone else to factor that in.