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Storing files and TCO

We are looking at creating a repository to store audio and video files that could grow to multi-terabyte capacity. Does tape still provide the best method for archiving files, and does it still provide a lower total cost of ownership when compared to large capacity disk systems?

Even though the price of disks has dropped significantly, tape will continue to be the archiving media of choice.

If you are going to be recovering the media files on a regular basis, then the recovery time will factor into your TCO. A disk subsystem could be used to restore most recent media and reduce restore times. If this time is costly to your company, a disk subsystem might be justified.

Jim

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