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Published: 30 Oct 2012

Tape isn't as popular a medium for backup as it was a few years ago, but when it comes to long-term archiving, it still has long legs. There's no doubt about it, "if you're just looking for pure archiving, tape has [disk] beat hands down," says Bruce Master, senior program manager for worldwide tape products marketing at IBM, which is a founding member of the LTO Consortium. The consortium is promoting the availability of its LTO-3 WORM cartridges, which can store up to 800GB of compressed data in a compliance-friendly format for approximately $.16/GB. From a raw media cost perspective, pricing for 800GB of Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives comes to approximately $.65/GB. Over the long term, tape's price advantage is actually much greater. A recent white paper by Data Mobility Group, Nashua, NH, titled "Is tape really cheaper than disk?," finds that over seven years, the cost of maintaining data on disk rather than tape is almost an order of magnitude higher. Specifically, Dianne McAdam, partner and senior analyst at the Data Mobility Group, compares the cost of... Access >>>

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