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Tim Jones
Re: What are the problems of with archiving on external hard drives?
on Sep 9, 2015 at 1:19:37 am

[tim gallaher] "Do any of you have opinions about using the cloud as a primary archive?"

Simply put - not for my data.

The cloud is "okay" for data that you can afford to lose access to when the cloud provider folds or is hacked (DDoS on DropBox last week is an example). Also, for small data. Remember that even if you have 100Mb cable networking, that's still only 10MB/sec, or 36GB/hr. If you have a T1, your speed is only 1.44Mb/sec or 51.8MB/hr. Performing Cloud-based saving of data beyond a 100GB or so is really a tough situation unless you're talking about Amazon Glacier and a 10Gb pipeline.

If you do go that route, ask what the cloud vendor's network downtime recovery policy is. Do they FedEx or courier disks/DVD's with your data if you need to recover?

Tim
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