Monday, June 12, 2017

Amazon Cloud Drive No Longer Unlimited

Amazon (Hacker News):

Amazon is now providing options for customers to choose the storage plan that is right for them. Amazon will no longer offer an unlimited storage plan. Instead, we’ll offer annual storage plans of 100 GB for $11.99 and 1 TB for $59.99, up to 30 TB for an additional $59.99 per TB.


When your paid storage subscription expires, your account will be considered in an over-quota status if your content stored is greater than the free storage quota on your account. If your account is in an over-quota status, you will not be able to upload additional files, and can only view, download, and delete content.

You have a 180-day grace period to either delete content to bring your total content within the free quota, or to sign up for a paid storage plan. After 180 days in an over-quota status, content will be deleted (starting with the most recent uploads first) until your account is no longer over quota.

I guess it was too good to be true.

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Wonder when Arq's B2 implementation will be ready to go. Could be interesting to compare / contrast.

@Eric Yes, although it looks like B2 is more expensive than Glacier.

Yeah, I haven't really done the math on the impact of Glacier's upload cost. Might be over-estimating it.

As somebody who's needed to pull a file from backup while on the road, I'm also not really crazy about the delay in retrieving data. I'm not yet clear if Arq supports Expedited data requests.

Sigh. That's it, I won't ever rely on any "unlimited" again. I've just deleted Arq/AmazonCloudDrive, which I'd been using as a secondary backup to CrashPlan, and have installed Backblaze ($50/year) as my secondary. Although CrashPlan (Family Plan) runs on all our machines, Backblaze will run on the server.

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