Creating a self-managing, self-healing tape archive

Post by Simon Watkins (thank you)

The data retention challenge

Organizations are archiving ever-expanding volumes of data for extended periods of time to deliver storage optimization and cost efficiencies, address compliance objectives, and meet information re-use requirements.

Tape’s unique blend of cost-effective, scalable, dependable, and removable storage has always delivered proven benefits when it comes to long-term data retention. A recent research paper from ESG reported that 82% of tape-using respondents surveyed anticipate increasing or maintaining their organization’s use of tape technology for long-term data retention. But, how can you verify the quality of your archived tape data over time? And, how can you feel confident that the data stored in an infrequently or never accessed tape archive will be available and retrievable when needed?

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HP Storage and Veeam integration demo

Good post by Calvin Zito (thank you) on HP BURA and Veeam

It’s BURA Sunday and normally I have my team of experts doing these posts on Sunday but this week, they needed a break. The timing was perfect because I just finished editing a video demo that I did when I was at VeeamOn a few weeks ago.

The demo shows the integration between HP Storage – StoreVirtual, 3PAR StoreServ, StoreOnce, and StoreEver – to use snapshots for high availability, backup and archive.  Here’s a summary of that:

  • Instant recovery from StoreVirtual and 3PAR of virtual machines, files and more
  • Backup to disk and offsite replication (for disaster recovery) to StoreOnce
  • Archive backup to StoreEver tape for longer term retention.

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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.

Get the Paper here