RM wrote: This is a somewhat exaggerated, but true story happening right now.
It all started with “Bob, I need to see you in my office.” Counsel decided that we needed to retain e-mail and user files for a potential litigation. So instead of implementing a system to, uh, “archive” mail and files it was decided to just take our backup tapes for each day, keep them. Buying new tapes as needed. Thereby solving the problem, once and for all.
Week 1 – There are about 18 tapes per day to cover the systems involved. So that’s about 125 tapes. 5 x 5 x 5. Well, that’s not so bad..
Week 10 – A burgeoning yellow cube of neatly stacked LTO cartridges, 7 x 7 x 25 tapes high, about the size of a large laser printer, no big deal. It’s OK, after all how long can this legal hold go on?
Month 6 – 3000+ tapes. It’s too big to fit in the fire vault, so we placed them on a table. Uh, did you hear something? Oh, that’s just the tapes at the bottom squealing, gasping for air.
Year 1 – 6500 tapes. What appears to be an otherworldly Borg Cube made entirely out of LTO tapes has accumulated. There was concern that the table would collapse, and so a special pallet was constructed. The cube is approximately 2 cubic yards, forming a 4 foot cube.
Year 2 – Approximately 12000 tapes. “The crisis continues!” We added a second pallet, and have roughly half of the tapes in each of 2 cubes, each 4 x 4 x 4 feet. The total weight is approximately 3 tons.
Last week – Time to have them build another pallet. OMG, please kill me!
Now some people worry about the expense, about $250K. Or the impracticality of doing discovery on 12000 tapes. Not me. I worry about this highly compressed mass, contracting under the force of its own mutual gravitational attraction, forming a black hole which will burrow to the center of the Earth to consume us all.
Gotta go. I need to send this e-mail and purge it before the next backup window so it doesn’t end up on tape.