Cheaper storage lets mapping go digital

The UK mapping agency Ordnance Survey has cut its storage costs by implementing a new data archiving system.

The UK mapping agency Ordnance Survey has cut its storage costs by implementing a new data archiving system.

Using Bridgehead software and storage media from Plasmon, the agency estimates it can cut costs from £2,500 to £1,200 per terabyte in the short term, and in the longer term this will fall to £600 per terabyte.

Dave Lipsey, IS infrastructure manager at Ordnance Survey, said the dramatic fall in storage costs had enabled the agency to adopt digital mapping.

"If storage had not come down in price, it would have been impossible to do the digital mapping project. It just could not happen at £10,000 a terabyte," he said.

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