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The March to 1000 Days of Usenet Newsgroup Retention
April 15, 2011
Thomas Mennecke
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In about 1 month's time, just about every major newsgroup provider, like Astraweb and NewsHosting, will reach 1,000 days retention. This ongoing effort reflects the both the increase in consumer demand for extended binary access, as well as the dramatic decline in storage costs. For those new to Usenet lingo, retention means the amount of time data stays on a server before it is deleted.

Not long ago, two weeks was considered excellent binary retention. That was back in the late 90s of course, when storage costs were well over $10 a gigabyte. This price has fallen to less than 10 cents per gigabyte today.

This has meant better dollars spent for the consumer as well, especially since Usenet consumer costs have remained relatively stable over the years. Astraweb and NewHosting, both top tier providers, are at a virtual retention tie. Astraweb currently has 972 days of retention, while NewsHosting has 973.

With just about everyone upgrading their retention capacity, the great retention wars of the late 2000s seem distant. Remember when everyone was racing towards 300 days?

Only 1,000+ days until 2,000 days retention.

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