New backup tape options expand infrastructure

By Michael
October 2, 2014

It used to be that backup tape management was only necessary for archives or long-term storage, but new implementations are making them appealing for a whole host of services. Integration with cloud, virtual and other kinds of digital resources is pushing tape into a more active role.

According to Processor Online, this shift toward more tape storage in everyday actions is being bolstered by virtual libraries and remote access opportunities. While some companies have tried to operate these environments through disk devices, it makes more sense to operate straight from the source without creating expensive redundancy.

What’s more, the source noted, there’s greater instances these days of companies using tape storage solutions as primary environments. This has come about due to more hybridization and remote workforce, yet it gives tape storage a whole new realm of responsibility in terms of data management. At the same time, as Gartner’s Dave Russell pointed out that part of the appeal of these systems is the fact that employees are already familiar with them. Such qualities make it easy to build on known resources and create future applications that function in line with corporate operations.

Virtualization and digital libraries are helping to make these assets more accessible, flexible and versatile, as TechTarget mentioned. With almost half of all corporate applications and storage needs still being handled by physical hardware, it makes sense to keep using backup tape management as a key oversight tool for the structures that are now sending content to remote sites. The only thing that’s changed is the endpoints involved, rather than the method of storage.

Using B&L’s Vertices could help corporations working toward digital and virtual libraries keep their assets in order as they move into these arenas. Even once these solutions are in place, B&L offers remote access, control and rapid retrieval that makes it an ideal complement to evolving tape storage demands.

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