Now what? That’s where the backup comes in handy. The Mincey Plantation Macs are backed up about as much as possible– iCloud, Time Machine, multiple clones for each Mac, Documents folders backed up to Amazon S3 online. What else?
One. More. Thing.
What I don’t have around the Plantation is a NAS. A network attached storage. You know. A server which stores everything from every Mincey device. So, I’m on the hunt for one more thing; one more device that can backup everything from everything.
After digging around for a few weeks on Amazon and elsewhere, and decrying the fact that NAS backup solutions are not so easy and definitely more expensive than my current backup system, I ran into Jellyfish.
This is the backup system used for video production. Think massively large files which cannot have a catastrophic problem where files get lost. Think SSD instead of hard disk drives.
My home grown Plantation backup system has a single SSD storage device and it’s brand new. 500GB SanDisk from Best Buy. On sale. Less than $100. Otherwise, our backup system has a dozen or so hard disk drives in various arrays, easily swappable, inexpensive, high storage.
None of what powers the Plantation’s devices are as high storage as Jellyfish. These are not your neighbor’s specifications.
- Jellyfish Rack – 200TB for $49,995.95: Identical in functionality to the Tower, but designed to easily fit into existing server racks.
- Jellyfish Tower – 120TB for $39,995.95: Designed for teams that have larger capacity needs. It’s the size of a large PC tower. Eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Eight 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports. 4,400 MBps available bandwidth.
- Jellyfish Mobile – 32TB for $11,995.95 or 80TB for $19,995.95: Portable enclosure designed for small teams or teams without a server room infrastructure. Four 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Four 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports. 2,300 MBps available bandwidth. Enough to power 4K-8K workflows.
That’s correct. 5-cents short of $50,000. Jellyfish is from the same company that supplies server storage for the likes of Disney, Google, NASA, Sony, Adobe, BBC, CBS and others. Yes, you can buy it from Apple.
I don’t know if Apple Pay can handle a $50,000 (plus tax) purchase and I’m not likely to find out. The mileage points on the credit card might be worth considering. The problem isn’t just the price tag. $12,000 for 32TB is a mere $375 per terabyte. Or, put another way, $187.50 per half terabyte, just over double what I pad for the 500GB SanDisk SSD.
I got a bargain.