I have thought about the following solution for my Photo storage needs: I have a private VPN on fuxoft.cz where I could run some sort of photo gallery app. However, I have lots of photos (currently around 500 GB) so I'd have to host these elsewhere (e.g. wasabi.com). So the photo software should have some sort of local cache (e.g. 10 GB) and access the main photo storage as little as possible (i.e. no periodic automatic scanning). Is there OSS photo software that can be configured like this?
@fuxoft a lot of hosting plans charge what they do because the disk is fast SSD storage. However, you can find plans that allow storage addons...usually something you can mount to a VPS, and that addon storage should be cheaper/larger than the expensive SSD storage.
@pj Of course that would be easiest from the technical point of view but that would cost much more than 6 Euro/1000 GB of photos per month I get from Wasabi.com. I think it SHOULD be possible to have the photos in cheap "cold storage" and access them only as neccessary, while having 10 GB of local cache. All searching / indexing could be done locally in that cache. I am currently looking if someone already tried to implement that.
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