I am building a large database for my analysis tool ~3 Terabytes.
The issue is distributing this database for people to use it.
A solution we have learned from working with sequencing cores is to ship a hard drive by FedEx. A possibly expensive and annoying proposition.
Another solution is to host the files for download, but this seems possibly expensive or possibly impractical for the audience. (On this point of practicality -- most Universities have gigabit level bandwidth, perhaps 3 Terabytes is no longer a ludicrous download size, simply a big one.) At 1 gigabit, I estimate the download would take 400 minutes.
Since this is a niche' problem, I am hoping someone may have had a similar issue and can provide advice?