Archiving Projects-- TAPE vs. DVD

justin gedge jgedge at
Thu Feb 9 14:59:21 MST 2006

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):
>This one claims to do RAID-5, if you are a bit more paranoid about
>hardware failure (which you should be ;-):
>"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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