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Your use cases of large files with a requirement for locking, plus a file-based database, definitely are good arguments against putting those across a WAN link from your users - ie in the cloud. Keep a local server. Hopefully a cheap workgroup NAS with a good backup will serve you well. The backup can maybe go to a cloud provider, if they can meet your RTO ...


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I'd argue that, above all else, you should consider the amortized cost of a new server. Off-premise hosting seems inexpensive on a monthly cost basis, but a $2,500.00 server running a FOSS NAS distribution w/ a 3 year warranty and expected operational lifetime is an amortized cost of under $100.00 / mo. Consider leasing the server if this is an "OPEX" ...


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Logstash + ElasticSearch + Kibana. That is the combination you need. Sounds like you're looking towards AWS, so build up a modest EC2 cluster for this - perhaps a single logstash "router/broker" box and two Elasticsearch cluster nodes. Keep a reasonable amount of data "online" in ES indexes, and then archive older indexes to S3. ElasticSearch supports this ...



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