Companies and organizations like predictability, especially when it comes to expenses. With the recent announcement of our Wasabi Direct Connect service and associated unlimited access feature, customers that prefer to connect directly to Wasabi hot storage from their on-premise or collocated data centers can now enjoy complete cost transparency and predictability of their cloud storage usage.\r\nPredictable Pricing\r\nCustomers migrating from on-premise to cloud storage may have a good understanding of how much data they need to store, but not necessarily on how often their data will need to be accessed. Data downloads are not something they\u2019ve had to pay for with on-premises storage, so they\u2019ve never had reason to measure it. However, all the major cloud storage providers charge a fee (egress\/access fee) every time the customer accesses their data. This makes it difficult to predict your monthly bill because it will vary depending upon how often you download your data.\r\n\r\nWith Wasabi Direct Connect, customers pay a fixed monthly port speed rate (based on the type of port speed chosen: 1 Gbps, 10 Gbps, or 100 Gbps) and have free, unlimited access to their data, so costs are always predictable without uncertain variable data egress usage fees.\r\n\r\nHow does this new Wasabi Direct Connect offering affect your bottom line? Let\u2019s consider a real-world comparison in the table below between Wasabi with Wasabi Direct Connect, AWS S3 without AWS Direct Connect, and AWS S3 with AWS Direct Connect\r\nPrice Comparison: Wasabi Direct Connect vs. AWS S3 with & without AWS Direct Connect\r\n\r\n\r\nAs shown in the above table, for the sample scenario of 100 TB stored data being accessed over a 1 Gb\/s Direct Connect interface with a 10% download rate per month, AWS is between 4 to 5 times more expensive than Wasabi! Wasabi has always been the most cost-effective option when it comes to storing your data. Now, with our new Wasabi Direct Connect service, we are also the lowest cost when it comes to data access as well.\r\nOne Step Closer to Cloud Storage as a Utility\r\nPredictable pricing is not only critical for business planning, it\u2019s key to Wasabi\u2019s mission to turn cloud storage into an industry-standard utility. We\u2019ve already simplified storage costs by removing all the unnecessary tiers and complex pricing schemes. Wasabi customers pay one flat rate that is 1\/5th the cost of Amazon S3 for one universal tier of service that\u2019s 6x faster than S3. And we\u2019ve removed much of the unpredictability be eliminating all the extra fees for API calls like PUT, GET, and DELETE that the traditional cloud storage vendors charge.\r\n\r\nNow, with our new Wasabi Direct Connect service and unlimited access feature, customers who choose to connect to Wasabi hot storage via their own on-premise or collocated data centers will benefit from additional price predictability by paying a flat rate for bandwidth with free, unlimited access to their data.