Thursday, July 20, 2006

Flickr Down


Last night Flickr had gone down for a few hours due to a storage failure. Fortunately the problem didn't result in the loss of any of the millions of images stored on the service and the all is well this morning.

This does bring up an important subject for all digital photographers -- how to store and back-up your images. For my part I keep my archives (all the way back to the late 1990s) online through a RAID5 subsystem on a server at home. Then I keep a pair of DVD-R archives -- one onsite, one offsite. Its a classic back-up strategy for data (though you would typically want at least one more off-site back-up), but not fool-proof. There has been a ton of discussion as of late on this subject through many of the podcasts and other media. If you want to share your method or insights, add a comment to this posting.


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