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Longterm storage: NAS + HDDs + CrashPlan Unlimited (for ARM devices) vs. costly Amazon Glacier [cost analysis]

“While the NAS may seem like an investment, it can break and become worthless. Amazon Glacier doesn’t have any hardware to maintain, but you get no resale out of the NAS and its monthly costs compound quickly. — Also, since Glacier can’t run the additional software services that the NAS can (which you may want), you may need to pay extra for those services to be provided by a third-party while using the Glacier service alone.

Even with the cost of CrashPlan (an “unlimited” cloud-storage backup service) pegged at $60/year, you would be actively paying over $180/year more that that forever just to store 2TB on Amazon Glacier at their current fixed price structure. Every single year… Amazon Glacier costs the same until they lower their prices! You could instead just setup a NAS, back that up to CrashPlan, and in 3-5 years, you would be saving money each year by comparison. (and… even at that point, the NAS hardware can still be resold!)”

via @benguild | Longterm storage: NAS + HDDs + CrashPlan Unlimited (for ARM devices) vs. costly Amazon Glacier [cost analysis].



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