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|Cloud Storage v. Web Site - a comparison
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|Author:||David Gibson [ Wed 05 Jun 2013 12:01 ]|
|Post subject:||Cloud Storage v. Web Site - a comparison|
Having recently almost hit the 5GB storage limit on the BCRA web site, I have gradually been moving files from the web site into cloud storage, so that there is now about 8GB in cloud storage and 3GB on the web site (of which some will go to the cloud sometime soon). Much of our archive material does not require the facilities provided by a web server. For example, the Cave & Karst Science Catalogue Listing web page contains hyperlinks to the PDFs at the cloud storage location of http://cavescience-cloud.bcra.org.uk. Here's a few points that might be helpful to anyone wishing to do a similar thing.
An issue that Im still thinking about (and which is the reason for this posting) is which is the best location for material that needs to remain confidential?, lets say financial records or minutes of private meetings. There are a number of possibilities...
A further possibility would be to develop the system I use for Cave & Karst Science Online where the user has to log on to access the documents. The logon is transmitted en clair buts its somewhat easier to administer than the basic authorisation provided by web servers (i.e. when you password-protect a web page). The disadvantage is that, to avoid endless hand-writing of lists of files, the web server would need to run a 'dir' command to build up a list of documents to display to the user. That's easy if the documents are all on the web server; not so easy (but not impossible) if theyre in cloud storage at a remote location. Hmmm - I shall have to work on that.
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