TCO Tool

Across all industries worldwide, data continues to grow exponentially. Additional compliance regulations and longer retention times add to the complexity, meaning businesses with data storage greater than 300TB demand innovative solutions at low-cost. The LTO technology Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Calculator below aims to demonstrate the real costs of ownership for your data over the long-term, compared with alternative disk or cloud-based solutions.

Note: The LTO Program’s TCO Calculator assumes United States power costs and market pricing on LTO technology – tape drives and tape automation. Cloud and disk costs are based on published rates and associated costs as of May 2017.

LTO Tape – TCO Calculator

The LTO cloud compare TCO calculator is designed to fully compare the long term retention solutions available to consumers. This calculator assumes that all bandwidth charges for offsite storage in Cloud or on Tape will be the same, and that calculation is outside the scope of the storage calculation.

Every effort has been made to provide the lowest cost on retrieval commands from cloud including using 4GB globs per retrieval calculation.
All data for Cloud is readily available data as published by the compared Cloud storage services (May 15, 2017).

   What you’ll need:

  • How many terabytes of storage you’ll need
  • Your annual growth rate
  • Your typical retention period (in years)
  • The percentage of your data you will retrieve every month
  • Any data that will be retrieved every month
  • An estimate of your datacenter floor space costs (not including power)


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Calculator Basis and Assumptions

  • All costs are in US dollars.
  • Assumes 4GB Packages/File Globs
  • All calculations are based on constant rates.
  • Internet bandwidth is the throttle and performance retrieval is not a factor.
  • All data retrievals are for egress/retrieval back to the premise location.

This sheet is an estimate and is not a guarantee of costs that may be incurred. The calculations for tape are for Long Term Storage configurations and are not designed to be high performance retrieval implementations.

Are you aware of the hidden costs of storing data in the cloud?

Every enterprise, regardless of the industry, struggles with the management of data. Average data growth is between 35% and 65%, compounding yearly. This growth is managed within IT budgets that are only growing at an average of 7% annually. In order to meet budget requirements, while maintaining the value of data to the business, many IT and Storage professionals have turned to cloud-based storage for storing second copies of data or for long-term retention of infrequently accessed data.

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