Backup to tape News
October 14, 2016
Quantum's unstructured data archiving platform consists of Scalar LTO tape libraries and StorNext data management. The vendor aims to make tape more efficient across multi-tiers.
July 29, 2016
It’s no secret that storage sales have been hard to come by over the last year or two. Most of the large vendors experience product revenue decreases or small increases quarter after quarter. But ...
July 28, 2016
Backup tape specialist Spectra Logic has upgraded the operating software for its BlackPearl Deep Storage Gateway appliance, allowing petabyte-scale enterprises to build a storage archive using ...
June 09, 2016
LTFS – the Linear Tape File System – seemed like a great idea when it emerged but not many storage vendors seem to have made much of it. It puts a file system on top of a tape library and turns it ...
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Tape can help fix an unstructured data backup issue and is a good archiving medium. Explore tape's strengths and weaknesses, plus important tips for protecting tape backups. Continue Reading
The Azure Key Vault can serve as data backup protection through its encryption key storage management. Explore how to set up the vault and administer it in your organization. Continue Reading
Tape shoe-shining (also known as tape back-hitching) refers to the back and forth motion a tape drive makes when the data stream to the drive is interrupted. Continue Reading
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Through disk-based backup, continuous data protection enables backups to take place more often. Discover how to repair the technology's cost and capacity problem. Continue Reading
Tape backup technology has not only stuck around in the storage industry, but has thrived as data has grown. See how tape tackles the competition in this essential guide. Continue Reading
With a flash and tape collaboration, users can see improvements in several key areas, including cost, capacity and write efficiency. But can this positive momentum be sustained? Continue Reading
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With the portability of tapes and the ability to store terabytes of data on a single cartridge, appropriate security of tape backup storage is imperative. Continue Reading
No, the tape storage system isn't dead yet. This Drill Down explores how it lives on, mainly for archiving and with a boost from new technologies such as LTO-7 and Linear Tape File System, or LTFS.
The seventh-generation LTO specification released in 2015 more than doubled the maximum compressed capacity to 15 TB and increased the data transfer rate to 750 MBps. LTO-7 also improved the bit error rate to a significant degree. The LTO Consortium already has LTO-8, LTO-9 and LTO-10 on its roadmap, each with significant capacity and performance improvements. For instance, draft specs for LTO-8 call for 32 TB of compressed capacity and sustained data transfer rates of up to 1,180 MBps.
These tape storage system advances become more important as speedier technology such as solid-state drives raise users' storage performance expectations. The performance and capacity gains also come as tape faces increased competition from the cloud for archiving. While cloud providers can store data cheaply, it can take a long time to get data in and out of the cloud.
LTFS creates partitions on tape and stores catalog information about files written to that tape. That makes it much easier to find and access files on a tape storage system than was possible before LTFS. Also known as tape NAS, it has been hailed as a tape's savior. While it hasn't caught on wildly, it is used by industries such as media and entertainment that make frequent use of archived tapes.Continue Reading
Tape backups are nothing new, but the technology has surprising staying power. Take this quiz to see how much you really know about this storage staple. Continue Reading
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The Unitrends Forever Cloud initiative lets customers back up offsite at a monthly cost of 10 cents per 500 GB increments, and retain annual backups longer than the standard 30 days. Continue Reading
Data backup and archiving have long been separate processes. But backup software and hardware advancements are enabling convergence between the two disciplines. Continue Reading
Jon Toigo discusses the importance of ensuring that your cloud provider has tape recovery capabilities in this Storage Decisions presentation. Continue Reading