Software enables management of petabyte-class massive data with ease, combining magnetic tape with object storage for safe and cost-effective, long-term data protection.
Valhalla, N.Y. – FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A., Inc. (President & CEO: Peter Faulhaber) today announced the launch of “FUJIFILM Object Archive” software. The new software product is designed to enable object storage technology for tape-based data storage systems, including petabyte-class[i] data operations. By bringing object storage to tape, data centers can improve search, scalability, security and their calculated total cost of ownership (TCO) beyond that offered by file-based data storage solutions while meeting the ever-increasing demand for data storage.
The steady advancement of IoT, the proliferation of AI-based big data analytics, and new regulations such as GDPR all require long-term data conservation, and continue to exponentially increase the data storage needs of organizations.[ii] Currently, over 80% of data is “cold” data -- older and not accessed frequently, but still highly valuable or potentially valuable in the future.[iii] Maintaining and protecting this data over the long term is important for data-heavy organizations.
Today, many data storage systems use a “file storage” approach, which involves a hierarchical tree structure. Data processing time in a file storage environment typically increases along with increasing data volume. By contrast, the “object storage” approach does not use a tiered file structure, enabling the expansion of data capacity while maintaining performance and processing speed. Metadata[iv] can also be added to stored objects to facilitate fast and accurate data searches. As the cloud increasingly adopts object-based models, the object storage market is expected to grow annually by about 30% worldwide.[v]
FUJIFILM Object Archive software enables object storage on magnetic tape thanks to Fujifilm’s newly-developed open source file format, OTFormatSM, specifically designed for object data. Tape technology is generally considered a low-cost solution to long-term storage of petabyte-class data especially because of the high-cartridge capacity, scalability, and low energy consumption of tape systems. Storing data on tape enables an “air gap” – off-line/off-site storage considered to minimize the risk of cyberattacks – thereby adding an advanced level of security.
FUJIFILM Object Archive software also offers a S3-compatible API[vi] which is widely adopted in object storage, so that tape storage can be integrated with hard disk drive (HDD) and solid-state drive (SSD) systems, as well as cloud storage, to optimize tiered data storage. FUJIFILM Object Archive software facilitates object storage based on data attributes and user needs, giving users the opportunity to store shared data on a network in the cloud while storing highly-confidential, large-capacity cold data on tape.
FUJIFILM Object Archive software gives new and existing tape storage users the ability to build low-cost storage systems that excel in security, cost and performance. As a world leader in the manufacturing of tapes and other solutions for data storage,[vii] Fujifilm will continue to develop and provide high-performance, high-quality media and services to help protect and preserve the valuable data of its customers and the precious information of society.
FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A., Inc. is FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation’s US-based manufacturing, marketing and sales company for data storage tape and data management solutions. The company provides data center customers and enterprise industry partners with a wide range of innovative products and archival solutions. Based on a history of thin-film engineering and magnetic particle science such as Fujifilm’s NANOCUBIC™ and Barium Ferrite technology, Fujifilm creates breakthrough data storage products. Worldwide, Fujifilm has surpassed the 170 million milestone for the number of LTO Ultrium data cartridges manufactured and sold since introduction, establishing the company as the leading global manufacturer of mid-range and enterprise data tape.
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[i] One Petabyte= 1,000,000 Gigabytes
[ii] Source: IDC “Data Age 2025: The digitization of the world from edge to core.” November, 2018.
[iii] Source: LTO.org “Hot, Cool and Cold Data.” July, 2016
[iv] Accompanying information showing data attributes such as the date, time and location of data creation, person who created the data and keywords associated to the data.
[v] Source: IDC, “Worldwide File- and Object-Based Storage Forecast, 2019–2023,” December, 2019.
[vi] The interface format to facilitate data communications with Amazon’s cloud storage service, “Amazon SE.” API stands for Application Programming Interface. Fujifilm Object Archive uses the S3 Glacier-compatible API when reading data. S3 is a trademark of Amazon.com, Inc.
[vii] Manufacturer share, according to Fujifilm.