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Arq Adds Archiving and Google Cloud Storage Nearline

Stefan Reitshamer:

Lots of people have emailed me asking for a way to put their stuff on Glacier and then delete it from their hard drives, because they’re running out of disk space. I used to think that disk space was becoming so plentiful that this would never be a problem, but the disk-space growth graph started over with the advent of SSDs, so I guess we’re not there yet!

Arq is our backup app that reliably backs up your files to your own Amazon Glacier account. It has always expected the files to remain on your disk. But now we’ve changed that! You can pick a folder and mark it as an archive.

Avtandil Garakanidze:

Today, we're excited to introduce Google Cloud Storage Nearline, a simple, low-cost, fast-response storage service with quick data backup, retrieval and access. Many of you operate a tiered data storage and archival process, in which data moves from expensive online storage to offline cold storage. We know the value of having access to all of your data on demand, so Nearline enables you to easily backup and store limitless amounts of data at a very low cost and access it at any time in a matter of seconds.

The response time is about 3 seconds, rather than about 3 hours for Amazon Glacier. The current price for storage is 1 cent per GB per month, the same as Glacier. Unlike Glacier, uploading is free.

Stefan Reitshamer:

Arq 4.10 is now available, and it includes support for backing up to Google’s just-announced “nearline” storage!

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On the other hand, Google will probably shut it down again in a couple of years.

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