SnapHaven – the new way to store photos

Swiss Data Group – an online data storage company, has announced the launch of SnapHaven this week. SnapHaven is an online photo storage site that allows its users to upload photos quickly to the site, access them online at any time and share them with family and friends. Swiss Data Group states that SnapHaven is the ideal storage site for snapshot photographers.This application guarantees lifetime security of the photos uploaded. SnapHaven provides an eco-friendly storage system to its users and offers the storage of first 100 photos for free.

SnapHaven claims that they are the most secure online storage site on the web. They state that, ‘When you save photos at SnapHaven, they’re stored in an archive-quality storage system designed to last for centuries. Then, they’re backed up three more times in three separate locations, including an army bunker designed to defend against nuclear bombs. Once your pictures are in our systems, they are protected from threats like computer crashes, viruses and accidental deletions. They literally can’t be deleted unless an engineer goes in and erases the data, manually.’

SnapHaven also states that their services will always be around to their users even if they go out of business. They claim that unlike sites like AOL Pictures, Yahoo! Pictures and Photo.com (sites that went out of business and users lost their data) they won’t go out of business because they have a partnership with Foundation for Data Permanence (FDP).

Swiss Data Group also relaunched Swiss Picture Bank yesterday 12/09/2009 – ‘an archival-quality online photo storage site for serious photographers that guarantees the safety and security of images for 99 years.

Swiss Picture Bank was designed with the advanced photographer in mind. The service provides features that make it easy to organize, print and share photos, all while keeping them safe, secure and private for 99 years – guaranteed. Photos uploaded to Swiss Picture Bank are stored in a secure, quadruple-redundant data archive where they can be accessed online at any time and downloaded in full resolution at will. Swiss Picture Bank now offers improved features, including a redesigned interface, sharing capabilities, and a desktop uploader application.

Current functionalities of Swiss Picture Bank include:

  • Archival-quality storage: Each photo uploaded to Swiss Picture Bank is archived at full resolution in four separate locations for redundancy, including: a Hitachi Content Archive Platform archival-quality storage system; a hard drive array in a separate data center; a magnetic tape system housed in a Swiss bank vault; and a second magnetic tape system kept in a military bunker under the Swiss Alps.  Swiss Picture Bank’s entire infrastructure is operated by Swisscom, the leading outsourced provider of IT services to Swiss banks.
  • 99-year guarantee: Swiss Picture Bank protects users with the only guarantee in the industry: photos will be kept safe, secure and accessible for 99 years or double your money back.

  • Service continuity protection: Swiss Picture Bank partners with the Foundation for Data Permanence (FDP), a not-for-profit organization devoted to keeping online data safe forever. The FDP acts as a trust fund for data, ensuring that photos will still be accessible to users even in the worst-case scenario that a participating company goes out of business.
  • Unique pricing structure: Swiss Picture Bank features a unique pricing structure, with one-time payments and no recurring fees – and a dramatically cheaper price when compared to the recurring annual payments required by other, less secure services.  Users can buy space as they need it in increments of one gigabyte, and there is no upper limit on the amount they can purchase.
  • Improved sharing and organization: Swiss Picture Bank allows users to easily share photos and sort them by date uploaded, date taken or user-created albums.
  • Green technologies: All archive systems are powered by clean energies in Switzerland, and are 98% carbon free.’ (source Swiss Picture Blog)

We can’t wait to try out the two sites and share our photos with all our friends and family. We will let our users know about the site and it’s functionality in more detail as the site goes out of it’s Beta version and is fully released. The Swiss Data Group officials state that they are still fixing a few bugs on the site and will be launching it bug free next year.

Written for and published on the Amvona blog

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