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Vol. 6 No. 10 December 2007

Old tapes can lead to sticky situations

Travis Means, director of sales at ISSI Data, an IT services provider in Bothell, WA, makes it very clear to his clients that storing data on old tapes is a bad idea. How bad? When one of Means' clients, an architectural firm, accidentally deleted some files, they couldn't recover the original drawings and renderings because they'd been backed up to an old tape. That resulted in the firm losing a competitive project bid. "Their failure to make a $300 investment in tape probably cost them $100,000 in sales," says Means. It seems like the storage industry should have moved beyond such mistakes, but industry observers and users say the problems associated with old tapes persist. Companies store data on tape for three good reasons: lower cost per gigabyte, lengthy shelf life and infinite capacity. The problem is that when companies try to recover data from tapes, they often discover that they no longer own the right tape drive to mount the tape or their backup software can't recognize the data on the tape. Kelly Polanski, a data ...

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    As disk libraries become the primary backup target for near-term data recoveries, storage managers are exploring new ways to exploit tape's high capacity, low cost and mobility. Disk is the best medium for fast backups and recoveries, and many companies have turned to virtual tape libraries as a way to put disk in their backup process. On the surface, it may seem easy to implement a VTL, but there are many subtle operational issues that must be dealt with to ensure that your data can be recovered quickly when needed.

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