[ProgSoc] Data Persistence in the cloud

Hashan J hashanwj at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 4 01:12:30 EST 2011

I thought Flickr was a good option but...
Flickr Accidentally Wipes Out Account 

I wonder how often this happens on similar sites? Must be very rare?? Can't wait 
for the 'bullet proof' upgrade they mention ; )

From: Noah O'Donoghue <noah.odonoghue at gmail.com>
To: James Ducker <jducker at progsoc.org>
Cc: ProgSoc <progsoc at progsoc.org>
Sent: Wed, 19 January, 2011 12:38:14 PM
Subject: Re: [ProgSoc] Data Persistence in the cloud

Couple of cloud(ish) solutions I'd look at. 

First off, since it's photos - have to mention flickr. $25ish a year, unlimited 
storage. Probably the cheapest option. 

Then Dropbox - probably the best for the cloud-wary, as it keeps a local copy 
synced and you can install it on a few computers. Also convenient for having 
your photos handy for editing without worrying about sync issues, and access 
from iphone/web/android. $240ish a year.. 

Or, a more DIY but in my opinion awesome solution would be crashplan.. You could 
plug a hard drive pre-filled with your backup to an offsite internet connected 
machine, (think: a machine in progsoc) and crashplan would sync just the changes 
over the internet, close to real time. The pro's to this would be that if you 
ever have to restore, no waiting for 65GB to download.. just go to the offsite 
backup and restore direct from the drive. Or over the internet if it's just a 
small restore. 

Of course you could also go for the wimpier option and pay for crashplan 
central.. which has damn cheap pricing considering it's unlimited data on some 
plans.. though then you have to wait for your data to upload/download from the 
states... They do let you supply your own encryption key though..


On 18 January 2011 11:44, James Ducker <jducker at progsoc.org> wrote:

I thought I'd solicit some opinions from fellow Computing Enthusiasts,
>I have ~60GB of digital photos, stretching back about 10 years. For most of that 
>time they have existed on a single HDD (!!!), and for the past 2 years they've 
>been on a RAID5 volume, which has been great, as initially I had the dreaded 
>Seagate 7200.11 series disks, which failed all the bloody time.
>Anyway, following the logic that disk redundancy won't do you much good if your 
>computer dies in a fire, or is stolen, or kicked slightly too hard, or submerged 
>in water, I've started dumping them to Amazon S3. TO DATE, this has been 
>awesome, and incredibly cheap compared to my two alternatives: buy my own rack 
>and put it in a data centre, or rent a VPS, both of which are really overkill 
>for what is a private, access-once-in-a-blue-moon file server.
>Has anyone else tried this? If so, any lessons worth sharing?
>- James
>James Ducker
>Pretty Cool Guy(TM)
>Progsoc mailing list
>Progsoc at progsoc.org

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