While cloud storage remains the most visible part of consumer storage in the entire technology ecosystem, the part that requires the most storage capacity remains hidden. Archiving and long-term storage of data by hyperscalers and service providers has gained momentum over the past decade as more and more of our lives – especially with a COVID lock – have been done online.

Optical storage (think DVD and Blu-ray) has remained in the shadows as tapes, exotic media (such as silica or DNA) and hard drives compete to dominate the hot field of archiving.

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