Tape vs Cloud for Archive and Cold Data

Post by Joseph Ortiz (thank you)

As my colleague, George Crump, discussed in a previous article, “What is Better than Cloud Storage for Cold Data”, cloud storage is great for processing active data but becomes increasingly expensive for storing cold data that is seldom accessed. While we have previously examined a few weaknesses of cloud storage such as latency and bandwidth issues, we have not really examined the actual costs of cloud storage in any detail to see the potential costs of storing large quantities of cold data and archive data long term in the cloud, or retrieving any of that archived data until now. There is a reason that many organizations are now starting to question their decision to store large quantities of cold and archive data in the cloud long term.

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Tape Data Storage Buying Guide

Post by Drew Robb (thank you)

It’s a foolish data storage professional who considers that tape isn’t worth paying attention to. The fact of the matter is that tape continues to be the medium of choice for the bulk of stored data and its usage is growing.

“Data storage and archiving requirements aren’t slowing down, so solutions that allow for smarter archiving and introducing or re-introducing tape are in high demand,” said Spectra Logic CTO Matt Starr.

As a sign of the health of tape, storage players such as, Oracle, IBM, Sony, Quantum, Spectra Logic, Fujifilm and HP have all announced new tape products in recent months. Here are some of the highlights.

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StrongBox Archive NAS solves problem of Long-term Unstructured Data Storage

Good post by Eric Slack (thank you)

Unstructured data is burying companies’ storage infrastructures. According to Gartner, files comprise 80 percent of all data, and its growth rate in enterprises will exceed 800% in five years. Compounding this problem is the need to store these data for longer periods. “Long term” used to mean 15 years, now 20 years is not uncommon, and for many companies, “forever” is becoming the norm. What’s needed is cost-effective storage, a solution that’s simple to use but able to handle the challenge of long-term data retention for unstructured data.

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Will the “Tape is Dead” Folks Please Sit Down?

Post by Christine Taylor (thank you)

A storage newsletter that shall go unnamed (we all make mistakes) discussed the dwindling of tape in 2012. Their opinion was that tape was on its way out. They pointed out that backup was moving to VTLs and that this change would be the death knell of tape.

The article granted archiving as a use case but questioned tape’s reliability over disk, and questioned tape’s slower access numbers over disk. Finally, the article reported that the only tape maker that was sharing numbers was SpectraLogic because news at other tape vendors was not good.

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The Emergence of a New Architecture for Long-term Data Retention

Very good Article by David Floyer (thank you) on Wikibon

The economics of IT is one topic that has been discussed ad nauseam over the last decade. The issue is that a large percentage of the overall IT budget is consumed in order to maintain the status quo with little to no dollars being spent on innovation or new capabilities that drive business growth and shareholder value. New technologies and capabilities are unveiled every year that tout their economic value in order to get IT and CIOs to pick their heads up from their smart phones to make a purchasing decision. A few examples are Server Virtualization, Data deduplication, and now Converged Infrastructure solutions. Each technology came with the promise that by implementing the new capability, it would save IT money. In many instances, these technologies did help a specific segment of the infrastructure but may have hurt others. At the end of the day, very few of these new capabilities actually put IT departments in a position to change their investment strategy to focus on innovation. Rather, they just moved money around.

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The Value of HP StoreEver for Archive

Post by Simon Watkins (thank you)

Archiving is a key use case for tape. But how does archive actually differ from backup? And how can HP StoreEver tape archive solutions help you reduce costs, save time and reduce risk?

Archive is NOT backup!

It’s important to understand that archive and backup are distinct processes with different objectives—each one imposing different requirements on the storage systems that they utilize.

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Adding an IBM LTFS EE Tape Tier to an IBM SCSA Managed Storage Cloud


Adding an IBM LTFS EE Tape Tier to an IBM SCSA Managed Storage Cloud

IBM® SmartCloud® Storage Access (SCSA) is an IBM storage cloud management software product that enables cloud service with virtualization and automation. IBM Linear Tape File System™ Enterprise Edition (LTFS EE) can use LTFS for the policy management of tape as a storage tier in an IBM General Parallel File System based (IBM GPFS™) environment, and helps encourage the usage of tape as a critical tier in storage solutions. Now, an LTFS EE tape tier can be integrated in to the SCSA managed storage cloud with IBM STG Lab Services. This IBM Web Doc describes how to add the value of tape to your storage cloud.


HP StoreEver Tape Archive Solutions Whitepaper


Worldwide tape media capacity shipments are reaching record levels.1 A key driver for why more data is being stored on tape than ever before is its powerful blend of cost-effective, scalable, dependable, fast, removable, and easy to use storage.

Tape storage continues to deliver a powerful solution to the challenges of exponential data growth across a wide set of storage goals and vertical markets. For cloud applications and disaster recovery, tape provides offline data protection and the last line of defense vs. virus attacks, natural disasters, or data corruption. For tiered storage and backup and recovery, tape can help optimize price/performance by moving data that does not require fast access onto the lowest cost tape tier.

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IBM Linear Tape File System – Enterprise Edition (LTFS-EE) – New enhancements


With the explosion of digital information worldwide, organizations are struggling to manage storage costs while meeting end-user demands for accessibility. LTFS EE helps to reduce IT expenses by transparently replacing tiered disk storage (Tier 2 and Tier 3) with IBM tape libraries. The PGA1 release of LTFS EE became generally available on December 20, 2013. This session will overview LTFS EE, highlighting the enhancements in the new PGA1 release. The session will include a live demo with time for Q&A.

Please Plan on attending this very informative not to be missed – 90 minute session
DATE/TIME: January 16, 2014; 10 a.m. CST, 11 a.m. New York, 4 p.m. London, 5 p.m. Paris, 16:00:00 GMT

Speakers: Jeff Ziehm – ATS

Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now here

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MY TIME ZONE” and select your local time.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar.

Correcting EMC – Tape is More Innovative Than Disk

Post by Eric Slack (thank you) – Tape is alive and kicking 🙂

It happened again, another industry veteran has dismissed tape as an obsolete technology. This time it was an EMC executive responding to the tired question “is tape dead yet?”, posed in a recent TechTarget interview. His response was “There is not a lot of new innovation on tape, but our customers need it and we are there for them”. Our friends at EMC get many things right, but this one is wrong. Tape is actually experiencing a renaissance of innovation that makes it arguably more innovative than disk based systems.

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