Archiving Projects-- TAPE vs. DVD

Josh Coates jcoates at archive.org
Thu Feb 9 15:39:10 MST 2006


>Lets face it- as painfull as some tapes are to read, 
>you can usually [with a little patience] pull one out 
>from 10-20 years ago and pull data off it [if it was 
>written correctly, if the guy who wrote it verified he 
>had his data on the tape]-- and you can do this 
>regardless  of wether it was VAX, HP-UX, Sun etc...
 
i'm going to go out on a limb here, but i'm going to guess you've never
/actually/ tried this before...

-josh

> -----Original Message-----
> From: plug-bounces at plug.org [mailto:plug-bounces at plug.org] On 
> Behalf Of justin gedge
> Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 2:59 PM
> To: Michael Halcrow; Provo Linux Users Group Mailing List
> Subject: Re: Archiving Projects-- TAPE vs. DVD
> 
> Michael Halcrow wrote:
> 
> >I would suspect that one of those RAID NAS units would be a 
> good backup 
> >solution for many environments. Sealed hard disks accessed via 
> >NFS/SMB/FTP over an Ethernet connection will probably be 
> accessible for 
> >as long as you'll need the data, and they will certainly last longer 
> >than either tape or optical when being written to repeatedly. Here's 
> >something I found on NewEgg (note that I do not necessarily endorse 
> >this product, but it is pretty cheap for a stand-alone solution, at 
> >about 70 cents a gigabyte):
> >
> >http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822155306
> >
> >This one claims to do RAID-5, if you are a bit more paranoid about 
> >hardware failure (which you should be ;-):
> >
> >http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16833329006
> >
> >Mike
> >.___________________________________________________________________.
> >"In science there are no authorities; at most, there are experts."
> > - Carl Sagan
> >  
> >
> There was talk of having a massive archive server a few years 
> ago-- I thought it was a pretty cool idea-- but those 
> discussions never materialized.  I suspect that there is some 
> comfort in something that sits on a shelf w/ no maintenance 
> requirements. [warning *** personal opinion here] Something 
> that does it's job regardless of re-orgs, job changes, 
> business climate etc...  Lets face it- as painfull as some 
> tapes are to read, you can usually [with a little patience] 
> pull one out from 10-20 years ago and pull data off it [if it 
> was written correctly, if the guy who wrote it verified he 
> had his data on the tape]-- and you can do this regardless  
> of wether it was VAX, HP-UX, Sun etc...
> 
> I thought it was cool- you'd have the advantage of capacity, 
> random access [all archived data could be made available to 
> all -- wich woudl be really cool], and speed.  Way faster 
> than TAPE or DVD.  It never materialized though...
> 
> Justin Gedge
> 
> 
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