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ALSO CALLED: Removable Data Storage, Electronic Data Storage, Network Data Storage, Remote Data Storage, Computer Data Storage, Offsite Data Storage
DEFINITION: Near-line storage is the on-site storage of data on removable media. The removable storage idea dates back to the mainframe computer and, in the age of the smaller computer, remains popular among individuals, small businesses, and the large enterprise.There are three major categories of near-line storage: magnetic disk,magnetic tape, and compact disc (CD). Magnetic disks include 3.5-inchdiskettes,  … 
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DATA STORAGE DEFINITION (continued): …  and various removable media such as the Iomega ZIP disk and the Syquest disk. Tapes are available in almost limitless variety. Examples of media in the CD category are CD recordable (CD-R), CD rewriteable (CD-RW), and digital versatile disc rewriteable (DVD-RW).Near-line storage provides inexpensive, reliable, andunlimited data backup and archiving with somewhat less accessability than with integrated online storage. For individuals and small companies, itcan be an ideal solution if the user is willing to tolerate some time delaywhen storing or retrieving data. Near-line storage media, when on … 
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