Celebrating Tape!

Celebrating Tape!

Simon Anderson, Product Marketing Manager, Tape Products, Tandberg Data

Tape celebrated its 60th anniversary this year, despite the fact that many disk-based companies, including the likes of EMC, have predicted the death of tape for years.

Over the last decade, the role of tape within the data center has evolved from backup to mostly archive, but tape remains a vital factor in the fight against data loss. Today tape remains the only long-term solution for managing data growth. All organisations regardless of size, cannot simply keep adding disk to manage storage growth. Low-cost disk solutions and deduplication software might offer some short-term relief, but tomorrow’s data centers will eventually run out of physical space or power and cooling. To manage future data growth, organisations should act now and implement active archiving procedures, which typically include the deployment of tape.

Active archiving is the process of moving online data stored on disk to tape for long-term storage. Active archiving provides major benefits, including the significant reduction of backup and restore times and the wear and tear on disk systems, all of which ultimately improves reliability and reduces downtime. Additionally archiving data helps organisations extend the life of existing disk systems and decrease service and maintenance costs. Many organisations use tape for active archiving because of its 30-year archival life and low cost per gigabyte. In addition, data stored on tape requires no power and almost no cooling, allowing organisations to shrink their carbon footprint.

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