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FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A., Inc. Releases “Video Surveillance Retention Cost Calculator,” Supporting LTO Tape Use in Video Surveillance Systems

Today’s modern Linear Tape Open* (LTO) cartridges provide cost-effective solution for longer retention periods of high resolution video surveillance content

News Release

March 25, 2021

Valhalla, N.Y. (March 25, 2020)– FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A., Inc. today announced the release of an online calculator designed to help video surveillance (VS) industry professionals assess the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for long-term retention of video surveillance content. Today’s low-cost, high-resolution cameras - combined with longer-term retention requirements - are driving video content storage costs upwards across the VS industry and leading many to take a new look at their storage strategy.

Developed by storage economics experts Brad Johns Consulting, and sponsored by Fujifilm, the decision-making tool allows users to input the specifications of their system -- such as number of cameras, camera type, frame rate, resolution, retention period requirements, motion percentage, and duration of time for keeping footage in “tier 1” HDD storage or “tier 2” tape storage. With these inputs, the calculator instantly weighs the variables and projects a 5-year cost comparison of using HDD only, or a combination of HDD with an integrated LTO tape technology tier.

“Fujifilm is excited about this opportunity to help video surveillance professionals calculate the real savings they can achieve by implementing a second tier of storage based on tape with LTO technology,” says Rich Gadomski, Head of Tape Evangelism, FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A., Inc. “Using the real world parameters of their surveillance systems, they can quickly and easily see the direct results on their bottom line.”

Establishing a strong cost savings case for integrating high-capacity tape (12TB LTO Generation 8 cartridges), users with even modest retention requirements will typically find a 50% potential annual savings compared to disk alone. Those savings only increase with higher data volumes and longer retention times. Moving footage from disk to the tape tier sooner also drives costs down.

“In addition to lower cost, other quality and environmental factors are driving more surveillance industry professionals to consider data storage tape with LTO technology,” adds Gadomski. “Tape leads all storage media in reliability, with a bit error rate significantly better than disk.** And when compared to constantly-spinning HDDs, tape’s low energy consumption not only drives costs down, but reduces carbon footprint as well.” 

Today’s LTO technology is also becoming more operator-friendly. New video management software solutions, such as Cozaint’s askALICE, are designed to easily playback video from either tier-1 disk storage or tier-2 tape without any additional steps needed by the surveillance timeline operator.

The Retention Cost Calculator for video surveillance applications can be found here:
https://www.fujifilm.com/us/en/business/data-storage/resources/video-surveillance-retention-cost-calculator

*Linear Tape-Open LTO, the LTO logo, Ultrium and the Ultrium logo are registered trademarks of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM and Quantum in the US and other countries.

**https://www.lto.org/benefits-of-lto/

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A., Inc. is FUJIFILM Corporation’s U.S.-based manufacturing, marketing and sales operation for data tape media and data management solutions. The company provides data center customers and enterprise industry partners with a wide range of innovative recording media 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.

For more information on FUJIFILM Recording Media products, call 800-488-3854 or go to https://www.fujifilm.com/us/en/business/data-storage. 

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FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings cutting edge solutions to a broad range of global industries by leveraging its depth of knowledge and fundamental technologies developed in its relentless pursuit of innovation. Its proprietary core technologies contribute to the various fields including healthcare, graphic systems, highly functional materials, optical devices, digital imaging and document products. These products and services are based on its extensive portfolio of chemical, mechanical, optical, electronic and imaging technologies. For the year ended March 31, 2020, the company had global revenues of $21.2 billion, at an exchange rate of 109 yen to the dollar. Fujifilm is committed to responsible environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit: www.fujifilmholdings.com

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