Remember when the tape was introduced, data back in the days before it was displaced by compact discs and then disappeared from the consumer market? Well, it turns out that it is still in great fashion in the corporate world, where demand for data storage is a rapidly growing supply.
Fujifilm has announced that it will offer its tape-based object archive solution as a service (you can call it TaaS) for a transparent, one-off fee. You can store up to one Petabatte (that’s one million GB) in a datacenter for five years for only $ 46,100.
$ 0.77 per TB per month without additional regression costs and there is also the S3 API for Amazon’s popular cloud storage service.
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Compared to Backblaze, one of the cheapest online cloud backup services around, Fujifilm is offered around 85% cheaper over five years.
The data is stored in newly developed OTF (Open Tape Format) on two copies, in a way that mimics RAID-0; 180 LTO-8 and 350 LTO-7 tapes are provided. For added security, the stored data is also air-gapped.
A small 3-year subscription is also available for $ 35,940, which is a bit more expensive in the long run at $ 1 per TB per month.
Just keep in mind, this is a cold storage solution, similar to Amazon’s Glacier, and as such is unlikely to correspond to scenarios where data needs to be moved from the storage tier on a regular basis.