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To combat today’s storage challenges, Fujifilm provides the FUJIFILM Object Archive, which uses OTFormat to leverage object storage and modern tape.
Few tape storage devices in existence can work seamlessly with object storage and the cloud. Fujifilm, the world’s largest manufacturer of data tape, has a new tape format for object storage called OTFormat. OTFormat allows for objects and metadata to be efficiently written and read to and from tape in native form. Best of all, OTFormat is an open format so you don’t need to worry about vendor lock-in! (OTFormat Reader can be found here).
Advantages of Tape Storage
Secure and Dependable
Files are automatically versioned when data is edited, increasing the likelihood of file recovery in the event of a cyber-attack. For example, when a file is infected with malware, it is possible to restore it to the previous version stored on the tape.
Tape storage is effective for storing mission-critical data that cannot be stored in a cloud environment, or for storing large amounts of data that would be more expensive to store in the cloud.
“What if I need to change cloud providers or get all my data back?” By keeping a copy of your data, you can avoid expensive egress fees. Additionally, many cloud vendors will store your data in proprietary formats, avoid the difficult transformation process by keeping a copy of your data.
FUJIFILM Object Archive allows you to create an archive so that you can free up valuable space on expensive primary storage – while still storing all of your organization’s data online. Moving cold data to an archive allows you to balance speed of data access with the cost of storage.