Definition - 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 devices include massive array of idle disks (MAID), automated tape libraries and SATA based disk RAID systems.