Will compliance spell the end of optical storage?
Not necessarily. Optical storage can be good for long-term archiving (off-line vaults), especially if you're saving data -- such as key documents and reports -- for more than 10 years.
is probably more stable and readable over the years than tape media. The issue is technological obsolescence: do the drives and software still exist, that can read the data? This was a big problem with unique 14" and 5.25"
formats, but current
formats are likely to be readable for many years, due to the format's use in consumer products.
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At the logical level, saving data in standard formats like
or PDF -- rather than proprietary database formats -- is another good approach for long-term archiving.
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