Tier 2 storage is generally considered to be ‘Nearline’ the abbreviation of Near Online, the class of storage that fulfils large capacity requirements and cost effective data storage. Access to the data should be instant and the Scalability and protection of the storage are essential. Tier 2 storage is generally used to backup Tier 1 storage and is often seen as a digital shelf for useful assets and parking completed projects prior to archiving.

Uniquely GB Labs offer huge performance from the ECHO range and this allows for not only backup, but this shared storage can also be used for failover editing in the event of a Tier 1 storage failure. The abundance of performance allows for tape archives or other Tier 3 systems to pull data directly from this Tier 2 storage at full speed.