RESEARCH BRIEF: Has Optical Archiving Come of Age?

Data capacity requirements continue to ratchet upwards because of both new applications that demand massive data sets as well as increasing demands for regulation and accountability. Businesses are required to store more data than ever before; opticalsome data sets may be huge but used only once or twice, and much of the data may never need to be accessed but still needs to be stored just in case. As archiving’s capital costs increase quickly, operational costs are spiraling up even faster, regardless of whether this archived data is ever accessed. And when it comes to archiving, cost is king as companies struggle to find the lowest cost solution.

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Data Growth is Fueling New Needs
  • Operating Expenses are the Key to Storage Archiving
  • Tape Technology is Losing Viability
  • Hard Drives are Not the Answer Either
  • But Now Optical is Changing the Rules
  • Optical Archive
  • Call to Action
  • Figure 1: Storage Media Lifespan in Years

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Companies Cited

  • Amazon
  • Compaq
  • Dell
  • Facebook
  • IBM
  • Netflix
  • Optical Archive Inc.
  • Rackable Systems
  • Silicon Graphics
  • Sony Corporation