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Vol. 10 Num. 9 November 2011

Tape still plays a role in the data center

In our latest Snapshot survey, 58% of Storage readers say they’re using tape as much or more than they did three years ago and only 16% have banished tape entirely. Let’s skip the “tape is dead” rhetoric and get down to facts: 58% of Storage readers use tape as much or more than they did three years ago and only 16% have banished tape. That’s not to suggest disk isn’t bigger than ever in backup, but it’s not even close to sending tape to the showers for good. Forty-nine percent of respondents use disk more in their backups than they did three years ago, while 11% don’t use any disk at all in their backup ops. Regardless of the mix of disk and tape, 80% say that eventually all or some of their backup data winds up on tape. Most firms (60%) will leave backups on disk for 30 days or less before spinning them off to tape. Tape clings to its backup role, but it’s not the only one it’s good at; 37% use tape for non-backup apps, like archival (83%) and nearline storage to augment disk (28%). It doesn’t look like the tables will turn ...

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  • Getting real about the cloud

    by  Rich Castagna

    You’ll need to look past the “irrational exuberance” of the cloud storage market to get a real handle on how it might fit into your data storage environment.

  • Who really needs scale-out systems?

    by  Terri McClure

    Industries that once operated in traditional paper-based models are being overwhelmed by their digital data stores. Scale-out NAS can provide high-performance application support.

  • Time is right for SSDs

    by  Dave Raffo

    Solid-state was late to enterprise storage and had to be retrofitted into data centers. But a new generation of systems built specifically for solid-state are interesting users.

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