Lots of noise about cloud storage, so I started running the numbers using Amazon's published numbers.
Two problems popped out immediately:
1. AWS storage is a lot more expensive than doing it our selves, even with some imaginative scenarios.
2. We need a lot more Internet bandwidth if we're going to move multiple terabytes of files between our servers and Amazon's.
As I run across other companies offering cloud storage, I run the numbers again, and pretty much come to the same conclusion. Nobody's undercutting Amazon by much, and Amazon has been dropping prices.
Problem #2 is a problem for everyone, and will continue to be a problem, until another solution is offered. Possible solutions:
- We take a "station wagon full of tapes" or disks to an Amazon site for upload to their servers.
- We rent fat pipes, space, and power for short terms from a well-connected ISP, so we can truck a server to their location to upload the files.