You can never have enough storage space ! Unfortunately, this is true. Besides the classic way (upgrading your server or getting an additional one), remote storage or iCloud storage is one way of doing it.
As a professional Photographer the amount of image data (RAW files, postproduction files, client files) produced per year is enormous. Now, I decided to test the remote storage solution myself: For the next month I will be using 500 GB provided by Strato.
The offer is fair:
- 500 GB
- free trail for 30 days
- 5 user / 1 admin account
- secure (encrypted) transfer
- unlimited traffic
- 16,90 € per month (after the trail period)
The first steps will be the download and installation of the “Hi-drive app” in order to include the additional space seamlessly into my existing setup. Then I will test the performance when transferring large amounts of data from my local server to the remote storage space.
First results will be presented here soon …
After around three hours STRATO was sending the login credentials and the Hi-Drive was activated. I started a first data transfer test with an image folder of 39,24 GB. Technically my maximum upload speed is 2.000 kbits/sec. Right now the “copy progress” indication says “50 h left” which would be roughly ten times slower than possible.
Now, 14 hours passed and 11 GB are uploaded. Considering the fact that 2,2 TB would have to be transferred, the amount of time necessary is the negative aspect.
Update : 07.03.2012
I finished my test today. During the upload of the 39 GB folder the transfer interrupted two times. With an average upload speed of 1.800 kbits/sec it took more than 2 days to complete the transfer. One has to permanently keep an eye on it to be able to interfere in case of a problem or interruption.
Personally, I would conclude that due to the limitations in currently available upload-speeds iCloud storage space is only practical for small amounts of data in the order of a few GB. Backing up a large data-archive of a few TB is still costly and would require weeks of upload time alone.
With an option to send in a physical hard drive for the initial data transfer (www.crashplan.com is offering this – unfortunately only in the United States) and higher upload speeds of let’s say 100 Mbits/sec, combined with moderate storage costs of let’s say 100 Eur per year for a TB of data, a combined system will make sense. Not yet …
So, Stay tuned …