Remember when tape was en vogue, back in the days before it was displaced by compact discs and then vanished from the consumer market? Well, turns out it’s still very much in fashion in the corporate world, where demand for numbers storage is fast outstripping supply.
Fujifilm has announced it will offer this tape-based Object Store solution as a service (you could telephone it TaaS) for a transparent, one-off charge. You can store as high as one Petabyte (that’s one million GB) in a datacenter for up to few years for a mere $46, 100.
That’s $0. 77 money per TB per month, without the excessive egress costs, and there’s even an S3 API for Amazon’s popular cloud storage service.
Data is stored in the newly got OTF (Open Tape Format) on two replicas, in a way that mimics RAID-0; 200 LTO-8 and 350 LTO-7 tapes are provided that. For added security, the archived data is always also air-gapped.
“The shoppers can request the latest LTO generation (ie. LTO-9 ) upon renewal of their subscription. The market is required to upgrade within the latest stick drive technology (LTO-9 drives the customer is without a doubt requesting LTO-9 media) prior to the delivery of media, ” Fujifilm told TechRadar Pro .
A quicker 3-year subscription is also available for thirty-five dollars, 940, and it’s also slightly more expensive in an long run at $1 per TB for month.
Just bear in your thoughts, this is a cold storage solution, alike to Amazon’s Glacier , and as such is unlikely in order to match scenarios where data needs to be traveled to and coming from a storage tier on a particular regular basis.