Fujifilm offers subscriptions for tape-based object storage

Fujifilm Recording Media U.S.A. Inc. is giving membership pricing for the tape-dependent item storage software program that it introduced as an on-premises alternate to AWS Glacier for chilly information.

The tape specialist’s Amazon S3 API-suitable Object Archive became accessible in May possibly. Fujifilm afterwards added the novel membership prepare that bundles its software program, business enterprise-day guidance, and tape media ability for principal and secondary copies of the information.

Subscription time period options are a person yr, a few years or five years at pricing tiers of 1 petabyte (PB) to ten PB, ten PB to 50 PB, and 50-in addition PB. Sample listing prices to retail store 1 PB of information — utilizing two PB of tape ability, for two copies — are $35,940 for a a few-yr membership and $46,a hundred for a five-yr membership.

“Mainly because the tape media is integrated with the ability license in the membership, you have a predictable storage commit for your archive going into the foreseeable future,” said Chris Kehoe, head of infrastructure engineering at Fujifilm.

Complement to present item storage

The Fujifilm Object Archive isn’t really designed as a substitution for the present on-premises disk-dependent item storage that a shopper might have, but relatively, to complement it by archiving to more cost-effective tape media. Cloudian and Scality, for instance, could quickly tier information from their disk-dependent item storage to the Fujifilm Object Archive, Kehoe said.

“If we search at item storage today, there is almost everything from pretty large IOPS for online video modifying down to the reduce, fewer highly-priced item storage,” Kehoe said. “One is considered an lively archive. What we are proposing is colder than item storage, for longer-time period retention.”

Focus on use situations for the Fujifilm Object Archive involve information-intensive study, genomics, daily life sciences, analytics, oil and gas, large-general performance computing and transportation programs. Fujifilm has a TCO device on its web site to support buyers examine the charge to disk- and cloud-dependent storage.

Fujifilm Object Archive stores chilly information on LTO-seven or LTO-eight tape.

Tom Coughlin, president of storage consultancy Coughlin Associates, said item storage is a well-known option to archive information regionally and in the general public cloud, so it would make sense for Fujifilm to offer you item storage on tape. He said the membership pricing could be significant for buyers, enabling them to switch tape from a money to an functioning expenditure.

“Considering that utilizing tape relatively than HDDs lowers expenses — notably the Opex charge — it may possibly make tape-dependent archives utilizing item storage far more well-known to far more information facilities,” Coughlin said.

Fred Moore, president at Horison Information Approaches, said the total charge of ownership for disk-dependent archives could be 5x to 8x higher than tape, so Fujifilm’s tape archive retains out the likely for considerable savings. He said utilizing an on-premises item storage for archives could also allow buyers to reduce the egress expenses that the major general public cloud vendors demand to retrieve information.

One more likely edge is more rapidly information retrieval. Kehoe claimed the “time to to start with byte” with AWS Glacier’s chilly item storage could be two several hours to twelve several hours, but the on-premises Fujifilm Object Archive could supply the to start with byte in a couple of minutes.

Kehoe said Fujifilm has significant buyers that have repatriated information from the general public cloud again to on-premises storage and some that have moved information between cloud vendors. But he said, above the long time period, he expects to see “information move a minimal bit in each route.”

Other suppliers also offer you on-premises item storage archives on tape. For occasion, Spectra’s BlackPearl Object Storage Tape appliance supports an S3-like interface to move information into its item storage. But Fujifilm’s Object Archive can run on any x86 server and use tape libraries from a number of suppliers, together with Spectra, IBM, Quantum, Oracle and Hewlett Packard Organization. Clients have a option of Fujifilm’s LTO-seven or higher-ability LTO-eight tape media.

Fujifilm writes information to tape in its recently designed OTFormat that can pack compact objects into much larger objects to improve performance. Kehoe said Fujifilm designed the open up file format to allow the technique to tackle objects natively on tape in a self-explained manner. Clients see a bucket of objects in the identical way they would in Amazon S3 item storage, Kehoe said.

Fujifilm is giving a cost-free membership to its Object Archive software program for up to 500 TB by means of the close of the yr. The trial does not involve the tape media.