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Vol. 10 Num. 12 February 2012

New tape techs

New developments in tape technologies and applications will help breathe new life into this venerable, and still very useful, storage medium. You may think tape has gone away -- and maybe some disk-backup vendors wish it was so -- but tape is actually thriving these days with steady advancements in bread-and-butter specifications like capacity and speed, plus new technologies that will expand tape into new applications. The fundamental use cases and value propositions for magnetic tape haven’t changed much over the past five decades. Tape remains the primary media for backup and recovery (B/R), offsite archive and, by extension, disaster recovery (DR). Despite the occasional claim to the contrary, tape still offers the cheapest method for storing data for long periods of time. Even spin-down disk drives can’t match tape’s low total cost of storage. Of course, tape can’t match the data access time of even the slowest disk, so IT organizations still need to use both in the same environment. Recent developments in tape technology ...

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Features in this issue

  • 2011 Storage Products of the Year

    by  SearchStorage.com Editors

    These 18 enterprise data storage products rank as the best of 2011 and stand out because of their innovation, practicality and good value.

  • How storage stacks stack up

    by  Eric Slack

    Storage stacks bundle storage, servers and networking in a single pretested product. While the parts may not be best of breed, a stack may be the best bet for your firm.

  • New tape techs

    by  Phil Goodwin, Contributor

    New developments in tape technologies and applications will help breathe new life into this venerable, and still very useful, storage medium.

Columns in this issue

  • Three key VDI storage challenges

    by  Jeff Byrne, Contributor

    Virtual desktops offer some attractive benefits, but storage systems that aren’t up to the task can make it hard to realize those benefits.

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