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Should You Upload or Ship Big Data to the Cloud?

By Sachin Date

Communications of the ACM, Vol. 59 No. 7, Pages 44-51

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It is accepted wisdom that when the data you wish to move into the cloud is at terabyte scale and beyond, you are better off shipping it to the cloud provider, rather than uploading it. This article takes an analytical look at how shipping and uploading strategies compare, the various factors on which they depend, and under what circumstances you are better off shipping rather than uploading data, and vice versa. Such an analytical determination is important to make, given the increasing availability of gigabit-speed Internet connections, along with the explosive growth in data-transfer speeds supported by newer editions of drive interfaces such as SAS and PCI Express. As this article reveals, the aforementioned "accepted wisdom" does not always hold true, and there are well-reasoned, practical recommendations for uploading versus shipping data to the cloud.

Here are a few key insights to consider when deciding whether to upload or ship:


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