TCO Report: Tape vs. Object Storage

We are living in an age of explosive data growth. IDC projects that the digital
universe is growing 50% a year, doubling in size every 2 years. In media and
entertainment, the growth is even faster as capacity-intensive formats such as 4K,
8K, and 360/VR gain traction. Fortunately, new trends in data storage are making it
easier to stay ahead of the curve.

In this paper, we will examine how object storage stacks up against LTO tape for
media archives and backup. In addition to a detailed total cost of ownership (TCO)
analysis covering both capital and operational expenses, this paper will look at the
opportunity costs of not leveraging the real-time data access of object storage to
monetize existing data.

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