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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How Tape Can Fix The Unstructured Backup Problem

Under the Hood: Automated Backups

Post by George Crump (thank you)

The fastest growing data set in just about every organization today, and typically the largest, is unstructured data. This is data that’s outside of a database; essentially file data, stored on file servers or Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems. The unprecedented growth of unstructured data combined with its increased importance has created an overwhelming data protection challenge that is crippling most backup processes.

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