Just to add my $0.02,
I am making a profit even after taking into account cost for replacing drives and energy used. I’m using very old domestic grade equipment which has “depreciated” to the extent it’s worthless to sell even on ebay ( I’d be lucky to get enought to cover P&P)
My “Storj server” is an old AMD Athlon x4 840 with a 4Tb hdd, full power-draw from the wall is around 40 watts. So it takes an average of 5 months income from Storj to cover a years worth of power usage. The I’ve set aside another 4 months of income specificaly for Hardware replacements/upgrades.
So I have 3 months of “profit” per year. ( NOTE This is NOT including the “surge” pricing which skews some peoples income expectations, that in itself was a really welcomes bonus which, in my case, went on a new PC case for my main rig.)
Even if I included a maintenance charge for my input which accounts to around 20 mins per month for reboots and log checking I’m still “in profit”
If the node is set up properly and securely the project is , in my opinion, a "set and forget "project.
The “profit” in storj is to be able to reuse old outdated equipment you currently have to generate a modest income. Unlike most project it has never been sold as a way to “generate a livable income” (in fact Storj is at pains to say the contrary every time a post about income is made.)
Yes their are people renting out servers to host a node or dozen, thinking they will “get rich quick” but quickly find out that is far from the case. Their are a few with access to “spare” resources in data centers which they use to run a nodes but since they are using “spare” resources not fully under their control.
Well that’s my input.