Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is terabyte. A terabyte (one trillion bytes) is in the news today for two reasons — a terabyte of data of data from the Clinton administration is missing from the National Archives and Amazon has announced a new cloud service called Import/Export for moving terabytes of data to the cloud.
The interesting thing about missing data from the Clinton administration is that it was on a 2-terabyte hard drive that was left sitting on a shelf for a couple of months. And guess what? The data on it was not encrypted. What the heck???
The Amazon announcement is another WTH. The Import/Export service is being promoted as a way to move large datasets to and from the cloud (meaning Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).)
A terabyte is a lot of data and trying to push it up to Amazon over the Internet takes a lot of bandwidth. With Amazon Import/Export, you can move the data by off-loading it to a portable storage device and then shipping the device to Amazon. Amazon has a handy-dandy calculator for estimating the cost of service. They will charge you $80 for moving the data from the portable device to the storage you’ve purchased at Amazon (along with a $2.49 per data-loading-hour surcharge) and then they’ll ship the device back to you. It might sound pricey until you consider that uploading a terabyte of data over the Internet with your T1 line is likely to take 82 days.
And oh yeah, you may want to take a lesson from the National Archives and encrypt that data before you ship it out.