Originally Posted by donheff
If those photos are critical, external storage in your house still puts them at risk of fire or flood. How about thumb drives at home and a cloud backup via any of a number of cheap accounts? I use Flickr pro for $25/yr. You could probably divide 14G of images amoung a few free accounts (skydrive, dropbox, drive, etc) if you don't want to spend anything.
You are on the right track, IMO, by suggesting redundancy. If your data is in one place, there is a single point of failure. Even with RAID or external backups, the computer can be taken from you due to theft or disaster. An external drive or thumb device can be misplaced, go bad, or "walk away."
None of us can predict 10 years into the future, but cloud services will continue to develop to meet demand. My own situation is too complex for a single cloud backup solution. But I use cloud to exchange files with those I work with (not confidential or sensitive).
I use backup to internal secondary drive(s), and also copy that backup drive to external drive which is removed and placed elsewhere.