Mr. Loukidelis' report (see Ch.1) spends a whole lotta time and apparent effort, not to mention a passel of Staples $6.99 big button calculator time telling us that if you printed out all the provincial government Emails generated each year that they would stretch out to infinity and/or fill 3,767 Jerry Jones football-type emporiums.
Which means, what, exactly?
Well, as Paul Ramsey explains over at the Clever Elephant, that's peanuts in digital storage:
Let's recast this problem in more computer-centric terms:
- The government produces/receives 43TB of email per year.
- A 4TB hard-drive can be purchased for between $200 and $400.
- So depending on the amount of redundency you want, and the quality of hard-drive you purchase, it's possible store the entire years worth of government email data on between $8,600 and $50,000 worth of hardware. Or, to put it in terms Mr. Loukidelis might understand, for about the cost of one overly wordy report.
And lest you think that hard drives in a closet with a server is the only way to go, Mr. Ramsey has even checked with a local cloud-based storage company regarding their ability to store and make searchable 370 million Emails a year.
Their response was very straight forward...
Yes, we are capable of that.
Maybe the cloud guys could even get in on that $100 million that the Clarklandians pulled out of a hat recently when they were trying to deflector spin their way out of that particular week's scandal.
Whenever anything techy/IT'ish comes up that involves the Clarklandians, I always head over to Mr. Ramsey's place because he serves up the devils in the details (the latter of which are most often served up by Lindsay Kines in the VTC).