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Insurable Storage Services: Creating a Marketplace for Long-Term Document Archival

Simha, Rahul and Gopinath, K (2006) Insurable Storage Services: Creating a Marketplace for Long-Term Document Archival. In: 6th International Conference on Computational Science (ICCS 2006) Reading, MAY 28-31, 2006, ENGLAND.

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Digital storage is a key element not only of computing systems, but is now considered an essential component of the infrastructure of any modern organization. This need has co-evolved with the technology that has grown rapidly in recent years to provide low-cost high-capacity storage. At the same time, the storage needs of users have now become more sophisticated and diverse. Some users require very long-term preservation; others need high security; and still others ask for highly-reliable, distributed storage solutions. These needs pose a problem for solution providers in that no single solution seems to meet all needs. Similarly, users must construct services out of disk systems on their own. This paper proposes a way to streamline the marketplace through insurable storage services, a combination of two ideas. The first is to define different categories of storage service; the assumption here is that a refined categorization will better identify particular user needs. The second, and more substantive idea, is to treat digital documents as insurable property. The insurance of storage will provide economic incentives for both producers (storage service providers) and consumers (individuals, organizations) to jointly create a marketplace that provides a diversity of differentially-priced services. For example, insurers can help assess the durability of storage solutions and provide consumers with a quantitative valuation ("It'll cost you $x per GB to ensure that your documents last 100 years"). Similarly, storage service providers will have incentives to maintain multiple geographically distributed copies, and to continually move the copies onto emerging technologies ("You'll need to store more copies if you want a higher reliability rating").

Item Type: Conference Poster
Publisher: Springer
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Springer.
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Computer Science & Automation
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2009 10:08
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:57
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/17616

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