How object storage is helping archive tape management

By Michael
August 18, 2014

Object storage gives businesses the ability to deal with a lot of unstructured, big-data inundation all at once without worrying about refining or deduplication of these assets. In terms of putting everything into archive tape storage, this can offer a much faster and comprehensive process. This in turn can provide businesses with a bevy of different benefits, all of which can help make for a more cohesive and compliant enterprise experience.

Time and money
As anyone in IT can comment, it takes time to run a thorough archive update, and time is money. So the longer it takes to work on archives, the more downtime a system experiences, and the greater expense this process can pose to a company.

As Computer Weekly stated, the move to object storage from block and file designs can help increase the flexibility of archive tape storage. By boosting the effectiveness of systems through object implementation, it’s easier to increase directory and hierarchy usage.

Size matters
One of the major problems that businesses can encounter when using object storage is that these systems have a tendency to get bloated and cumbersome rather quickly. That’s because this storage model takes everything and packs it away all at once, thereby skipping traditional sorting and reduction processes.

CIO Online wrote that this is one of the areas though where archive tape storage can really shine. Unlike flash, disk and cloud options, magnetic tape is far simpler to expand and much easier to afford, especially in bulk. These tools also offer tiering and scalability that can be handled in-house or remotely for optimal infrastructure sizing.

Structured systems
TechTarget noted that there’s a growing need to diversify storage in the object-based landscape. Even as companies try to place all of their critical content into long-term storage environments, they’re also trying to increase the number of tools available to their operations. Many feel that this kind of handling of unstructured information could help improve the reliability of primary storage, but it can lead to additional problems if no centralization exists.

A main focus of these concerns, TechTarget added, is capacity and demand. Using B&L’s Archived Data Manager¬†helps to lower the cost of storing large volumes of information while also reducing overall data center footprints. It centralizes the management process and improves update times, making enterprise downtime shorter and increasing the reliability and accuracy of these assets.

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