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Computer Storage and Digital Archive Options

Active Archival Storage - A Cost of Ownership Analysis

The technology choice for implementing deep and active digital archives has historically been between tape and optical. Content addressed systems that are based on commodity disk drives have recently become available as an alternative. The Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) was contracted by Plasmon, a leading optical archiving solutions provider, to perform a third party analysis of the cost of acquisition and ownership of each of these archival technologies tape, optical, and disk.

This analysis is based on the actual case study of a financial services firm shopping for a 12 TB archive.The financial services firm needed a solution to archive 8 GB of new data and handle 2,500 queries daily. The cost of acquisition and ownership was measured over 3 years of operation. Only clearly quantifiable list prices were included in this study to avoid the effects of subjective interpretation.

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