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storage cost associated to host video and files for archiving purposes

Hi Experts,

My customer is looking to replace their current on prem backup solution(VEEAM) and place that data into a host provider.

As far as I can tell you user is not looking to integrate their ON-PREM environment with Azure, he only wants to create the storage as a service, and upload the archiving data(90TB)

I am fully aware about the Azure storage pricing link, my question is:

Is there a spreadsheet that shows me all different cost fees associated to keep a storage account in the cloud?

The idea is to create a free subscription for this customer, and create Azure AD cloud accounts, so they can access the data at anytime or depending on the tier model chosen.

Can you please enumerate all costs associated to implement storage for this purpose?

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David Johnson, CD

8/22/2022 - Mon
David Johnson, CD

Azure file storage  has costs based upon redundancy.
- redundant within the same datacenter?
- redundant within the region?
- redundant within various regions.

The biggest variable is egress pricing. every byte you download you get charged for.

Amazon has their normal storage then their glacier storage.. Glacier is the cheapest per MB but t
he files are not instantly available (up to 5 hours wait)

Egress charges

Wasabi - S3 compatible - cheapest , no egress charges  capacity charges are in 90 day blocks.

Backblaze - cheap has egress charges
Jerry Seinfield

thank you David,

As for the Azure storage,

Can you use the free edition of Azure to open a subscription and setup a storage account to upload data?

Is it mandatory to sync on prem to Azure to enjoy of the Azure storage benefits? Can we just leverage in Azure AD cloud accounts to access the cloud storage?

David Johnson, CD

the 'free' gives you $200 in credits. after that it is pay as you go.
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Jerry Seinfield

Thanks David.

Let me rephrase my question,

Should I have to setup a hybrid network connectivity between Azure and the on-prem facilities to transfer all data? The reason why I'm asking because my client is not looking to allow all users to access this cloud storage once is migrated, instead he wants to setup 1 or 2 Azure AD accounts and then grant access to data

Is it also safe to assume my customer will have to setup a subscription, a custom domain, the Azure AD accounts, and then the resource group, storage account and pick the Block blog storage to host the video and images?

David Johnson, CD

my customer will have to setup a subscription, a custom domain, the Azure AD accounts, and then the resource group, storage account and pick the Block blog storage to host the video and images?
custom domain is optional. otherwise yes

you don't need to setup anything but I would suggest something like sycbackpro or azure file explorer to copy the files to the azure storage
David Favor

Several dirt cheap options.

1) https://www.ovhcloud.com/en/bare-metal/storage/prices for an online option.

2) Cheapest option is to purchase a RAID enclosure, pack if full of 18TB drives ($325/each in bulk now), then store everything in house.

The perk of this is also... no one ever has access to your data... and you have a 1x time investment, no monthly charge... well... just for electricity to run your RAID array.
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Jerry Seinfield

Thanks both David,

The azure storage requires the creation of a resource group, and then a azure storage account.

How the customer will access the data through the portal if this is not in place first?

I don't get it, sorry
David Favor

I don't use Azure or any Big Tech (especially US based companies), so have no input about Azure (Microsoft).

The way you access self-hosted media content is simple.

1) Setup a storage server... I suggest using OVH, either to actually provide the storage or to Skip/Proxy local data onto a public IP.

2) Skip/Proxy data is by far the cheapest + most secure... as a $5/USD/month KimSufi is sufficient to handle any traffic level.

I generally use 8TB online storage (RAID1 so 4TB addressable) as a large cache.

You'll also require a 1G-2G symmetric connection for this to work well.

3) Then to access data, just setup your entire data array as a CDN, where all files (audio/video/image/PDF/whatever) are hotlinking protected... meaning files can only be accessed through a URL from a site you control.

Said differently, any direct file access returns an Apache 401 (unauthorized) or 403 (forbidden).

This allows files to be served to anonymous users or protected by a pay-wall or login-wall to control all access.

4) Taking ACL approach (#3) provides very simple access to files, with near zero effort on your part... except setting up the few lines of Apache config in your CDN.
Jerry Seinfield

Thanks David,

Unfortunately, I need to look at Azure storage

Anybody has any comments on the Azure storage questions above?
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