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Vol. 11 Num. 6 August 2012

Tape is in it for the long haul

Recent Taneja Group research indicates tape technology is thriving, and that users are finding innovative and cost-effective ways of implementing tape systems. It's become fashionable, and almost predictable, for pundits to declare that tape has gone the way of the dinosaurs, yielding to disk for all but the most stubborn legacy applications. But the pundits couldn’t be more wrong. Based on our recent research, tape is thriving as a storage medium in a wide range of enterprise environments. While tape storage recently passed its 60th birthday, it has a rich history of protecting and retaining the data and applications users rely on to run their businesses. But the tape storage users we recently spoke with see a long future ahead for tape as a strategic technology in their data centers. @pb No slowdown for tape tech Ongoing advances in tape technology have helped to enable new and expanding use cases for tape in a range of small to large enterprises. Density improvements with each new Linear Tape-Open (LTO) generation continue to...

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Features in this issue

  • Flash! All-solid-state arrays

    by  Chris Evans

    Solid-state storage has made its way into servers, hybrid storage arrays and caching devices, but all-solid-state arrays are an emerging class of high-performance storage systems.

  • Efficient storage

    by  Jacob Gsoedl

    Getting the most from your storage system is a basic requirement, but with many efficiency techniques you’ll have to decide if performance tops capacity utilization.

  • Big data is no big myth

    by  Rich Castagna

    However "big data" is defined, 58% of respondents say their companies are dealing with it, and 41% have even bought -- or plan to buy -- some new gear to grapple with it.

  • Disaster recovery in the cloud

    by  Eric Slack

    Hybrid cloud disaster recovery (DR) appliances are an emerging class of business continuity product that makes effective and timely DR affordable for even the smallest of firms.

Columns in this issue

  • How to make storage techs even more confusing

    by  Rich Castagna

    There’s a lot happening techwise in the data storage world, but the ever-growing hype, hoopla and hazy language are making it even harder for everyone to understand.

  • Omnia in orbis? Really?

    by  Jon Toigo

    Data archiving, data hygiene and good old common sense can help keep your company off the spinning disk treadmill. Find out what Jon Toigo has to say on the subject.

  • Get ready for dedupe 2.0

    by  Jason Buffington

    A few companies are still kicking the tires of deduplication products, but veteran users should be thinking about how they can step up to the next level of backup dedupe.

  • Tape is in it for the long haul

    by  Jeff Byrne, Contributor

    Recent Taneja Group research indicates tape technology is thriving, and that users are finding innovative and cost-effective ways of implementing tape systems.

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