Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Clipper Notes: In Search of the Long-Term Archiving Solution Tape Delivers Significant TCO Advantage over Disk

Putting to rest many of the claims that tape has passed its prime, this Clipper Note from The Clipper Group confirms that tape can be an important cost-saving storage technology for long-term archiving of big files in tiered storage architecture. A couple of highlights:
  • For long-term archiving of digital data, the average disk-based solution costs 15 times the average tape-based solution.
  • The cost of energy alone for the average disk-based solution exceeds the entire TCO for the average tape-based solution.

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