We at APTrust exploring Backblaze and Wasabi as alternative storage providers to AWS for our preservation storage. Both are cheaper and provide a similar feature set and properties.

With the rise of alternative block storage services, I'm wondering if some actually use Amazon as their infrastructure provider. Similar to MVNO's (Mobile virtual network operator) with cell services like Straighttalk who is using Sprint and AT&T infrastructure for their service but offer it at a cheaper rate.  

On Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 10:07 AM, TALLMAN, Nathan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

On our call this Monday, one of the panelist mentioned the number of nines they guarantee for some of their archival storage services. What he was referring to was the number of decimal places that 99.99% extends out to for guaranteeing the uptime and durability of the content. Yesterday, Backblaze had a great blog post discussing how they arrive at some of these calculations for their storage service https://www.backblaze.com/blog/cloud-storage-durability/. Backblaze is another cloud storage provider and there are very transparent about their infrastructure and regularly posts about hard drive failure rates and other topics that are useful to folks like ourselves, who plan for digital stewardship of cultural heritage materials.






Nathan Tallman

Digital Preservation Librarian

Penn State University Libraries




Christian Dahlhausen
Academic Preservation Trust
University of Virginia Library

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