Is the following question on-topic for Academia?
I am from Biology field and our lab uses microscopy as a tool extensively. Our lab data is increasing exponentially. I want to ask other academia about storage of this data. Currently we have our own server with some 5 TB space. We take weekly backup as well as one long term backup every two years or so. But looking at growth of data, I can say in next year we will be out of space.
How other people/institutes/labs store their data for long term?
Is there any strategy followed on top on increasing storage capacity?
P.S: Whatever data we store on server is backed up on the magnetic tapes. Regular hard disks are not recommended by our IT section (which makes sense).