This is a continuation of a discussion to find an S3 competitor.
The main reason is that S3 has bizarre pricing structures and IMO for a large Discourse instance including those based on photo and video it could hit them for a lot of $$$$
Feasibility investigation on Rackspace/Openstack or Google Cloud and the extension/continuation of @zogstrip 's normalization work on image bucket and backup storage. So far the pricing seems very straight forward for Google Cloud hosting. But can it be done? or is it a high threshold pain point that triggers fight or flight instincts? I guess I will judge that by how fast this post gets deleted or closed and killed with fire
I could do a PR but I am dynamic/procedural candy coder, anything I provide via a PR will be murdered instantly which would wreck my fragile psychology. So someone with thicker skin would need to do this.