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TCO Tool Version 2 is here!

posted Sep 25, 2018, 10:48 AM by Bradley Johns

Late last year, the initial version of the FujiFilm TCO tool was released. It provided an easy way to quickly compare the cost of storing data on tape, disk and the cloud. Only three inputs were needed; the amount of data to be saved, the annual growth rate and the percentage of data retrieved each year. With this version, additional variables have been added to allow for a greater range of tailoring. These variables can be found on the “Advanced” tab. They include; the number of data copies needed, energy cost, the ratio of cartridges to drive, the % of copies stored off-site, the average vaulting cost for tape cartridges and the size of the average data request. It also includes a number of variables to tailor the cost estimates for networking; bandwidth requirements and cost. Also, on the advanced tab are cost breakdowns for each of the storage types. To give the new tool a try go to this link: TCO Tool Version 2

Estimating the Total Cost of Long Term Data Storage

posted Dec 19, 2017, 8:23 AM by Bradley Johns   [ updated Sep 13, 2018, 1:29 PM ]

As the amount of data organizations create and manage continues to grow, the cost-effective storage of infrequently accessed information has become a significant challenge. There are several different technologies available for long term data storage, and the one of the significant management issues is to understand the total cost of the different technologies for long term storage of cold data. Working with FujiFilm, I developed a simple, easy to use calculator that provides an estimate of the 10-year total cost of ownership of data storage using tape, cloud and disk technologies. The tape storage costs are based on LTO 7 tape drives and media. The disk storage costs are composed of an average of high capacity, low cost disk systems using 10 TB Enterprise HDD’s while the cloud storage cost estimates are based on an industry leading cloud storage provider. The estimates include the cost of a refreshing the disk and tape infrastructure after 5 years. Here’s a link to the tool TCO Tool.

Interested in the history of IBM Data Tape Storage?

posted Aug 2, 2017, 10:55 AM by Bradley Johns   [ updated Aug 2, 2017, 11:03 AM ]

The Computer History Museum ( http://www.computerhistory.org/ ) just released the video history of IBM tape storage including the IBM 3480 (introduced in 1984), tape media , an overview of tape and tape product management  and LTO tape (introduced in 2000). The interviews include current and former IBM development, business and marketing personnel that participated these projects.  

If you’re interested in the history of this storage technology, then these interviews will provide a very informative and entertaining education on the evolution of tape storage. They are not short, so break out the popcorn, find a comfortable chair and enjoy!

NAB Show Thought Gallery: Boost Your Efficiencies with LTO Tape Technology and LTFS

posted Apr 16, 2017, 4:22 PM by Bradley Johns   [ updated Apr 16, 2017, 4:36 PM ]

As the Media and Entertainment industry has decisively moved to file based workflows and the cost-effective capture, protection, distribution and archive of digital content has become paramount. This webinar discusses how end-users and suppliers have incorporated LTO tape technology and LTFS into their workflows to meet these requirements. A description of LTFS is provided and real use-case examples of LTO tape and LTFS in industry workflows are described along with an outline of the solution benefits. The presentation can be found at Pre-NAB Webinar on LTO with LTFS in Media and Entertainment.

Cloud Storage - Rent or Buy?

posted Apr 26, 2016, 1:39 PM by Bradley Johns

With data archive requirements continually growing, the Cloud is frequently mentioned as a low cost option for storing infrequently accessed data. But is it really the lowest cost alternative for the storage of infrequently accessed information? This analysis demonstrates that a private cloud solution has a significantly lower TCO over five years.  Link to the white paper: http://strongboxdata.com/wp-content/uploads/sbdocs/SDS_TCO_Cloud_vs_StrongBox.pdf

A cloud storage TCO comparison

posted Apr 27, 2015, 9:45 AM by Bradley Johns

A new solution has emerged to help address the challenges associated with long term data storage and disaster recovery; cloud storage. Proponents of cloud storage point to a number of benefits, among them is substantially lower cost than traditional on premise storage.  User cost savings accrue by reducing the amount of hardware, software and storage management required. This is made possible through the use of ready-made cloud based storage infrastructure, thereby eliminating many of the storage costs and management tasks required to effectively manage a large and growing amount of information.

However, understanding and comparing cloud storage costs can be a challenge. Sponsored by Fujifilm, this white paper presents a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) comparison between a leading cloud storage provider and the new Fujifilm Dternity Media Cloud service. It is based on a representative 250 TB use case that includes estimates of the amount of data to be stored and its activity level.  While the leading cloud storage services are viewed by industry observers as very cost competitive, the Fujifilm Dternity solution provided an even greater TCO savings. It was estimated to be 34% less expensive over the five year analysis period and the hybrid on premise/ public cloud mixed solution was 47% less expensive.

Tape Storage - A solution for today and tomorrow

posted Dec 15, 2014, 8:59 AM by Bradley Johns   [ updated Dec 15, 2014, 9:07 AM ]

As organizational data storage needs continue to soar, the unique characteristics of tape storage and robust technology roadmap provides a compelling case for expanding its usage. The Tape Storage Council just released a memo that discusses the recent advances in tape including significant increases in capacity, performance, durability and reliability. Some of the highlights include the October, 2014 announcement by IBM of the new TS1150 tape drive with a 10 TB Enterprise tape cartridge, the 2013 announcement by Oracle of the T10000D tape drive including an 8.5 TB tape cartridge, and the September, 2014 LTO Consortium tape roadmap extension to generations 9 and 10 with compressed cartridge capacities of 62.5 TB and 120 TB respectively.  In addition, recent demonstrations by Fujifilm, Sony and IBM demonstrate the capability of tape storage to meet future capacity and performance requirements. The memo is attached and visit the Tape Storage Council at tapestorage.org.

Lowering Long Term Retention Costs with Tape NAS

posted Aug 29, 2014, 10:04 AM by Bradley Johns   [ updated Aug 29, 2014, 10:08 AM ]

There is an abundance of innovation taking place in the storage industry today; high capacity disk drives, flash , cloud, software defined storage,  tape and integrated systems that combine elements of each. However, when crafting a solution for the long term storage of digital data, an essential aspect of the solution has to be cost effectiveness. But as important as cost may be, it can be a challenge to sort through all the different technologies and cost components to develop a reliable estimate of the cost of storing digital information over an extended period of time; there are so many variables, and different technology life cycle considerations.  However, by establishing some initial cost estimates, and making a set of projections, it is possible to develop a reasonable assessment of the long term costs of storing file data.

After developing some reasonable estimates and projections, it's clear that over a 10 year period a file retention solution that includes tape has a substantial cost saving potential versus a solution based on high capacity disk drives.  For the tape solution, the total cost is $ 234,525, for the disk solution, the total cost is $519,904. The total cost of the tape solution is 55% less than the high capacity disk solution.  In addition, the energy consumption of the tape solution is over 90% less than the disk solution. While there are a several estimates and forecasts in this analysis, they are certainly reasonable based on current technology trends. It is clear that for long term data storage, a solution that incorporates tape is likely to substantially reduce the overall cost of storing important file data

New approaches to dealing with long term file storage

posted Jun 9, 2014, 9:34 AM by Bradley Johns   [ updated Jun 9, 2014, 9:39 AM ]

Are you tired of messy data build up? Is your data center file server storage filling up with infrequently accessed files? Simply deleting them is usually not an option, as many of them may need to be kept for a variety of business reasons. On the other hand, taking on a massive archive project is hard to justify in an era of tight budgets. The default answer in many cases is to simply buy more file servers, and postpone dealing with the problem until another day when budgets and resources are less scarce.

While certainly understandable, simply adding more storage, can be an expensive approach. It and can also impact backup windows and increase the storage management workload. With the introduction of the new StrongBox DataManager feature, the Crossroads Systems StrongBox is powerful solution. It provides the function necessary to easily move files off existing file servers, and onto lower cost storage. In addition, once the data is on the StrongBox, policies can be implemented and the data secured for the long term. For more information on this challenge, check out the “Why StrongBox Beats Disk for Long Term Archiving” whitepaper at Why StrongBox beats disk.

Bending the Cost Curve - Leveraging Tape to Deliver Budget Savvy Data Storage

posted Jun 1, 2014, 9:37 AM by Bradley Johns   [ updated Jun 1, 2014, 9:59 AM ]

Have more data than budget for storage? Are you looking for ways to reduce the cost of data storage? Then the BrightTalk webcast Bending the Cost Curve: Leverage Tape Technology to Deliver Business Value with Jon Toigo (Toigo Partners Intenational) and I might be of interest. Some of the highlights of the web cast were: The growth of digital data is projected to grow at over 40% per year, and highly virtualized environments are reporting growth of over 300% per year. However, studies suggest that as much as 40% of the data residing on Tier 1 storage has not been accessed in over 6 months. Moving this “stale” data from primary storage to tape storage, may significantly reduce overall storage costs.

Jon discussed tools and techniques, including new storage offerings, that take advantage of tape storage to lower overall storage costs. We also had an enjoyable "Between Two LUN's" question and answer session that touched on Cloud Storage, the changing role of tape, and the relative total cost of ownership of tape storage solutions versus high capacity disk system.

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