What's the best way to keep something around for all time? Make multiple copies of it and store those copies in different places. We create multiple, redundant copies of every file in our system to mitigate against file degradation. Not only that, but we also make sure we're not keeping those files all in the same place.
- Multi-provider – we use multiple cloud storage providers; if one provider fails to live up to its promise, we can walk away.
- Multi-region – we duplicate files across multiple geographic regions; If a server in one part of the country experiences difficulties, we have another in an unaffected part of the country that can be used to access your files.
- Multi-tier – we maintain accessibility, but also duplicate files into more stable cold storage systems.
We run regular file integrity checks on your data. If a file in one server appears to be damaged or corrupted, we use its copy on the other server to repair it.
Commercial Storage Partners
Running a data center is a major capital investment and organizational commitment that is not a core requirement to our mission. In fact, we see it as a liability. Instead, we leverage reliable, cost-effective commercial services that are already ...
Maintaining Accessibility to Your Files
While there's no better way to preserve something forever than to seal it up in a cool, dark, dry place safe from the elements and far from the prying eyes, that lack of accessibility defeats the purpose of cultural heritage preservation. A legacy is ...
View and Add Storage
With Permanent's endowment model, you pay for the storage you need to preserve your files as you need it, rather than paying for a monthly or yearly subscription. Learn more about how our storage fees work here. This article will walk you through ...
How Our Storage Fees Work
Our storage fees are a $10 per-gigabyte one time fee. You pay only for the storage you need and then you never pay for it again. You can add additional storage whenever you'd like, a gigabyte at a time. Because we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit ...
View and Add Storage in the Mobile App
This article will walk you through how to view the storage you have in your account, as well as how much storage you have used, and how to add additional storage to your account using Apple Pay or Google Pay. We are working on offering alternate ...