Taking a Look Back and Forward at Tape Storage Trends

By Peter Faulhaber

Last year was full of key milestones for the tape storage industry. The cost per terabyte and total cost of ownership (TCO) improved for tape-based storage and archive; tape became firmly entrenched in all of the major U.S. hyperscale data centers; and the tape “air gap” continued to be a compelling tool in combating cybercrime.

As we begin 2020, we expect even further momentum and demand for tape storage as data growth continues on an explosive path and new storage architectures and emerging technologies place increased demands on the need for more effective data management.

Here are a few of my predictions for the storage market in 2020:

  • Software-defined tape for object storage will emerge as a popular solution, providing the interface to download data from object storage systems to compatible tape systems using standard S3 APIs. Users will be able to write objects directly to tape in native form, in a self-describing, open format.  As a result, object storage users can leverage the value proposition of tape including lowest TCO, reliability and long term archivability.

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Combining the Best of Flash + Tape for the Ultimate Active Archive

In this video, Khanh Ngo, IBM Spectrum Archive Development, demonstrates how combining flash and tape can deliver both high performance and high capacity storage at a low cost. Keeping just a small amount of archival data on IBM Flash Systems will accelerate restore time while placing the bulk of the data on IBM Tape using IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition lowers overall storage costs. Take a look and see why IBM is calling flash and tape the “dynamic duo”  in this high tech active archive set-up…

 

Tape Storage Council: Tape Takes Aim on Unprecedented Data Growth

The Tape Storage Council has released its State of the Tape Industry report, which highlights the current trends, use cases, and technology innovations occurring within the tape storage industry.

With its unique benefits, tape has the greatest potential to address today’s soaring capacity demands. The role tape serves in modern data centers is quickly expanding into new markets as compelling technological advancements have made tape the most economical, highest capacity, and the most reliable and secure storage medium available.

Highlights of the report include:

  • New enterprise tape drive
  • Tape Roadmaps – LTO roadmap extended to Generation 12
  • Tape TCO calculators
  • Active Archives – addressing complexity with an intelligent data management layer
  • Growing tape capacities and data rates
  • RAIT improvements to throughput; Fault tolerance
  • RAO and TAOS – improving tape file access times
  • Key applications and demand drivers
  • Tape use cases and compelling value proposition

To access the full report, click here.

Part 3: Video Series on Unstructured Data

In this video Brendan Sullivan, Fred Moore and Chris Dale discuss how the future archives of legacy data on high density LTO media could be much more than they are today providing less risk, lower cost and more business value:
Watch the full video here.

Part 2: Video Series on Unstructured Data

In this video Brendan Sullivan, Fred Moore and Chris Dale discuss the challenges of managing unstructured data in today’s off-site storage vaults. This includes proposed and developing solutions that have been created to finally resolve the issues of remediation of data from un-cataloged environments, and how modern tape technologies can play a part in housing legacy data.
Watch the full video here.

Part 1: Video Series on Unstructured Data

In this video Brendan Sullivan, Fred Moore and Chris Dale discuss the IT environments that have existed over the past 30 years that have resulted in the mountains of unstructured data being backed up or archived on a plethora of different tape and data formats, and the reasons why the vaulting strategies created at the time do not serve the legacy data issues of today.

Watch the full video here.

Busting Myths and Taking Names: Fujifilm, Spectra Logic and Iron Mountain Kick Off Series on Reintroducing Tape to the Modern Data Center

Modern tape libraries are part of an overall data management lifecycle strategy that offer many benefits including lower cost, energy savings, increased security and long-term shelf life.

We’re excited to partner with Spectra Logic and Iron Mountain on this new Storage Switzerland eBook: Reintroducing Tape to the Modern Data Center. The first chapter debunks some of the common myths of tape storage around reliability, access and operations. Read more about it here.

Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we reveal the next four chapters covering topics such as disaster recovery and backup, performance, cost, and offsite storage.

Interested in learning more on this topic? Register for our webinar 5 Reasons Modern Data Centers Need Tape on September 26th at 11:00 am EDT.

 

When it Comes to Data Storage Spending, Knowing Your Total Cost of Ownership is Key

Ever wonder if you are getting the best deal on your data storage? Understanding the total cost of ownership (TCO) is critically important to any data storage purchase decision.

Today we introduced our new TCO Calculator, an updated version of our online tool that helps IT professionals assess and compare TCO for automated tape storage, disk-based storage, and cloud-based archive storage. The new TCO Calculator raises the maximum user storage baseline from 10PB to 100PB, integrating the IBM TS4500 enterprise library using LTO-8 drives and media for initial capacities over 10PB. Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive and bulk retrieval service is now also included in cloud storage cost comparisons.

After entering data into the TCO Calculator, users can download a customizable results report which includes an executive summary, key cost assumptions, and TCO by cost category and type (e.g., energy costs, offsite costs, service fees, labor, bandwidth, etc.).

Find out how you can start saving on your data storage costs now. Access the free TCO Calculator here.

Sustainability at FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A, Inc.

By Carrie Monaco

Sometimes it seems like the green movement fades in and out of focus for many organizations. But at FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A, Inc. (FRMU) one of our primary goals is to enhance the quality of our environment and the community in which we work and live. Our sustainability initiatives play an important role in that effort through our reduction in Co2 emissions and in our efforts to use recycled and environmentally friendly materials in our own production and requiring the same of our suppliers.

The solar panel installation project at our Bedford, Massachusetts manufacturing facility began in response to a FUJIFILM corporate mission of energy conservation and Greenhouse gas reduction to address issues of climate change. With 1,870 solar modules, our solar installation has produced 2,977,000 kwh since its inception in November of 2013. That is the equivalent amount of energy used by 4,666 homes during an entire month. It is also the equivalent to a reduction of 1,787 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. Over 20 years, this would equal the carbon sequestered by 7,280 acres of U.S. forest in one year.

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2019 State of Active Archive Report Outlines Modern Strategies for Data Management

Archival data is piling up faster than ever as organizations are quickly learning the value of analyzing vast amounts of previously untapped digital data. Industry studies consistently find that the vast majority of all digital data is rarely, if ever, accessed again after it is stored. However, this is changing now with the emergence of big data analytics made possible by Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools that bring data back to life and tap its enormous value for improved efficiency and competitive advantage.

The need to securely store, search for, retrieve and analyze massive volumes of archival content is fueling new and more effective advancements in archive solutions. These trends are further compounded as an increasing number of businesses are approaching hyperscale levels with significant archival capacity requirements.

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