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Tom Goldberg
Re: What are the problems of with archiving on external hard drives?
on Sep 9, 2015 at 4:59:06 pm

Tim's points about archiving to the cloud and how long it takes to transfer large amounts of data are very valid, but maybe you have the time and/or bandwidth. Not only are transfer speeds an issue, cost is exorbitant as soon as you start to consider how much data you'd want to keep.

Take Amazon Glacier, which sounds cheap at only 1ยข/GB. Well, that's per month, so look at the cost of storing just one LTO-6 tape's worth of data for just one year: 2.5TB = 2500GB x .01 x 12 = $300 (that's almost 10x the cost of a tape that's good for 30 years)

If you really have much data to store for any length of time, these numbers really argue in favor of investing in an LTO based solution.

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