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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 2014-01-29, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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"Cold Storage" backup

Interesting approach
http://arstechnica.com/information-t...-cold-storage/

First decent use for the 100GB BD discs I've seen.

The good news, Facebook hardware is "open source".
The bad news, judging by the description, it is not in the DIY realm (robotic arms, etc.).
But if this type of storage (most likely to save energy) takes off, we might see reasonably priced 100GB discs one day...
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 2014-01-29, 12:08 PM
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Nothing new here. Novell Netware servers could maintain archives on CDs back in the 90's and CD/DVD/Bluray robot drives have been around for years.

I haven't lost my mind. It's around here...somewhere...
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But it never made any economic sense for home use ($/GB)...

Maybe this time...
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I've got to wonder how fast this will be. How long are people willing to wait for a picture to load?
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The article says:
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The idea is to store rarely accessed files, such as backups of users' photos and videos, and not the primary copies that need to be on faster storage systems so they can be accessed immediately.
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Good read on the whole "cold storage" topic
http://arstechnica.com/information-t...e-data-center/

10+ times longer life span (compared to hard drives) seems to be the key point.
Trade-off - access time should be irrelevant.

Not quite sure what makes them believe 100GB BD discs will last 50 years.

Might not be a good option for home use...
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 2014-02-06, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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Some more details about how this idea came to be...
http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise...cebook-robots/
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