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  • Tape capacity, technology continue to advance

    Though some folks mistakenly view tape as an outdated technology -- thanks in no small part to the fact that disk companies keep predicting its demise -- there's no denying its importance at the table of backup products. A recent Enterprise Strategy Group report indicates that 56% of organizations are still using tape. Perhaps not surprisingly, the larger the overall IT environment, the more likely that organization is to embrace tape as part of its data management strategy. There are two main reasons for this: The existence of more data heightens the importance of finding ways to store the data efficiently and, as an organization grows, it has a greater responsibility to store data for longer periods of time.

    As a result, when looking at the Opex and Capex numbers, not to mention the ease of long-term data retention, tape moves to the forefront of the data management platform. When the LTO Consortium announced the release of LTO-7 as part of the Linear Tape File System in fall 2015, it reinforced the notion that tape technology is continuing to move forward. This three-part guide will take a closer look at what's out there and what's coming in terms of tape backup and tape libraries. It will also explain why archiving does not need to be complicated or expensive. In fact, when done correctly, it will actually save organizations money while meeting archival needs.

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  • Why is a tape backup system still so popular?

    Many facilities are reintroducing tape. George Crump discusses why a tape backup system can be an effective platform for your organization. Continue Reading

  • Tape backup, cloud-based backups make sense for your organization

    Over the last several years, many organizations have at least partially transitioned from writing backups to local tape libraries to creating cloud-based backups. One of the primary obstacles that organizations may encounter along the way is that many of the major backup applications are designed to either work with virtual tape libraries or with proprietary, vendor-specific cloud storage. More recently however, some of the major public cloud providers have begun offering cloud-based virtual tape library services. These services help to bridge the gap between backup software and cloud storage, thereby making it much easier to write backups to the cloud while continuing to use existing backup software. This Drill Down examines the practicality of using a cloud-based virtual tape library service, as well as some of the pros and cons of doing so. Continue Reading

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