Archive is one of the fastest growing segments of the storage market, fueled by an explosion in unstructured data growth, longer data retention periods, organizations leveraging digital assets, regulatory compliance, and overall storage optimization needs.
... how to digitize, preserve, and distribute vast amounts of diverse multimedia content, from research papers and scientific visualization of data sets to past course content, video, photos, and animation. Owners of expanding digital repositories and preservation archives must ensure that the objects they store are available for decades to come. That's making file-based data and the management of file-based storage assets a serious challenge.
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