Since Storjlabs makes money on all data stored and all egress, I doubt their business model depends on income estimates of individual nodes.
This is quite an assumption to begin with and I’m pretty certain that is simply not the case.
These sizes were clearly never the only target group. In fact the recommended size has always been between 8TB and 24TB. But all sizes from 500GB and up are supported. The network has no problem incorporating nodes of all sizes, but individual node operators may find it’s quite useless to assign more than 24TB as that would take a long time to fill up.
So I’m not convinced that the current traffic we’re seeing is a deviation from the initial strategy to begin with. And then there is the next point…
Storjlabs is a startup that just launched their first production ready product a few months ago. Being flexible with regards to strategy is not just possible, it is vital to survival in this stage. You roll with the punches and adapt to customer demand. It’s quite unique to actually be making money in this stage to begin with and I’m not saying Storjlabs is profitable as a whole (I don’t have those numbers), but their product is. By taking a margin on everything, they have a profit stream from every customer from day one. So that speaks to financial viability of their business model.
Now this was quite a deviation, just to say that I don’t think the inaccurate earnings calculator is a sign of their strategy not working. But it remains bad information to give prospective SNOs, because it implies the wrong advise for their setup.