TCO REPORT: Tape vs Object Storage

Learn the Economic Advantages of Object Storage vs. LTO for Media Active Archives

IDC predicts that by 2020, the digital universe of data will increase a thousandfold to 44 zettabytes of data.

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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.

The limitations of tape storage go way beyond its lack of scalability. Data that isn’t searchable is becoming a tangible liability for businesses, and one that will only become larger with advances in AI and machine learning.

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.