Alex has BIG cloud stroage requirements....
Feb 27th, 2018
- Hi Chris,
- I have a new business client who has a very large amount (possibly as much as 100 TB) of video, photos and documents. Right now, those files are scattered among multiple computers and external hard drives.
- Their ultimate goal is to eventually consolidate all those files into one location that will be accessible online by 5 different employees.
- My initial instinct was to have them purchase an “unlimited” business plan on Dropbox or Box and upload all the files there. But on closer examination, I’ve noticed that these so-called “unlimited” plans really aren’t. Apparently Dropbox caps you at 2 TB and then you have to contact them and beg them to increase your storage capacity. I’m guessing that Box has similar restrictions.
- My other thought is to create a VPS on Digital Ocean, Amazon or GCP. But paying monthly for storing up to 100 TB of files would almost certainly become cost-prohibitive. Doing a quick calculation on Digital Ocean’s Spaces option, I see I could store 10 TB for $200/month. Which would be fine, if 10 TB of storage is all this business needed. But if they really do have 100 TB, then that monthly cost goes up to $2,000/month.
- I know that AWS offers Glacier storage for only $0.004/GB, so that might be a good option. But I was hoping to avoid AWS b/c their user interface has 5000 features that seems so confusing.
- How would you approach this situation to come up with a more affordable solution?
- Thanks in advance!
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