Tape storage continues to improve database infrastructure

By Michael
November 12, 2014

There are plenty of different options today that can help companies store and maintain their important information, but there’s an increasing issue in these diversified environments regarding governance, compliance and continuity. As Business IT Online put it, the more companies split up their storage infrastructure, the messier and harder to track key data becomes.

The source pointed out that devices like hard drives are common in computers. These pieces of hardware require a number of different partitions and often demand multiple disks per individual machine, vastly increasing the challenge for organizations to maintain accurate backups or accountability.

What’s more, while flash or cloud storage may work faster than tape, it’s far more expensive per unit to keep content in those formats. Backup tape storage tools are now available in units of up to 10TB per cartridge, Business IT explained, making content far more affordable and manageable in that architecture. Compared to the annual fees of online vendors or in-house disk devices, a single tape of that size could easily create a significant, comparable return on investment.

That’s why more firms seem to be turning back the clocks in their data centers and returning to backup tape management, ARN Net explained.

“[T]he paradigm around tape has changed significantly,” explained Perfekt’s general manager, Craig Tamlin. He told ARN, “We’re seeing [tape] as a very low cost storage platform for long term retention, and most people copy to tape hoping to never to see it again.”

Whether firms want to see their content again or simply let it age out through archives and into destruction is up to them. What matters is that tape storage has proven that it’s still a cost-effective and desirable means of controlling content in the corporate landscape.

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