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John & Dave : I'd love a segment on the financials between an all-cloud storage system and a NAS system. Obviously the NAS has the upfront cost, but what about the overall cost of ownership? Drives die, after all, and should be redundant, so how expensive does this get over the course of NAS' lifetime, per terabyte? If someone doesn't need the (many) benefits of a NAS, are they better off paying for a cloud solution? 

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This is a rather controversial question. If the volumes of data are large and there are sufficient storage resources, then NAS is a good option. However, there are areas (for example, healthcare) in which privacy is very important. And if you cannot ensure privacy for your data (read more here), then it is better to use third-party services.

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