What Does Near-Line Storage Mean?
Near-line storage is a type of storage medium that is external to a computer and provides quick and scalable access to storage devices/capacity within an IT environment. This term refers to any storage architecture, infrastructure or technology that resides between online and offline storage sources.
Techopedia Explains Near-Line Storage
Near-line storage is primarily used in enterprise-class data centers, data warehouses and IT environments. It is most often used to store data permanently and provide on-demand access to stored data, usually over a network/Internet connection. It cannot be immediately provisioned but doesn’t require any manual help as is required in removable or offline storage.
Near-line storage devices include massive array of idle disks (MAID), automated tape libraries and SATA based disk RAID systems.