[Athen] Average Book Volumes

Ron Stewart ron at ahead.org
Thu Feb 18 08:06:04 PST 2010

Basic storage is cheap. It is primarily the SANS that they have implemented
that are the concern here. They want to plan for adequate storage but not
over plan since enterprise SANS are not cheap. We are looking at all
aspects of the issue, bandwidth is always one of the primary considerations
as well.


-----Original Message-----
From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Kelmer, Susan M.
Sent: Thursday, February 18, 2010 9:48 AM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: Re: [Athen] Average Book Volumes

> Behalf Of Ron Stewart

> What I am trying to estimate is the average size of the books you are

> archiving. I am working with several folks who have gone to an entire

> virtual campus network and we are try to estimate needed storage space

> over

> the next few years given the average file size being =X

I would pose this question: Storage is cheap. Why are they worried about

In six years of production, I finally filled up one TB of storage for books
in alternate format. You have some of my numbers (sent privately) and even
if our production was twice what we are doing now, that still means I
wouldn't have filled up 1TB for at least three years. That kind of storage
is unbelievably cheap and should be part of any campus' master plan,
considering the move to digital of all things multi-media.

I'm not naïve, I realize that the true cost of storage is in the SAN's, but
once they are set up, they are ultimately scalable and can cover years of

The bigger question, in my mind, is can their backbone can handle it. Can
they give users the access at reasonable speeds they would need to access
the data over the long term? Have they wired up (and wireless-upped) their
campuses with enough speed and capacity to do it? Storage is the small

Just my thoughts on a Thursday, for what it's worth.

Susan Kelmer
Adaptive Technology Specialist/
Lab Coordinator, Campus Labs and Classrooms
St. Louis Community College - Meramec

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