Tape Management’s headaches … reduced forever?

Tape is slow and complex, requiring resource intensive oversight and is failing to meet the ever growing needs of the on-demand information economy

Tape-based backup and storage is a legacy method that is inexpensive and largely secure and reliable but not highly responsive and complex to manage. In today’s dynamic, on-demand economy, the data backup business requirements dictate agility and speed. But tape does not do a good job responding with timely urgency to these needs. Backup and disaster recovery need speed, reliability and accuracy.

Manually changing tape cartridges. Ahh the good old days.

Tape requires manual processes that are complex and keep scarce IT staff busy when they could be undertaking more strategic tasks. For example, your data recovery plan might include off-site magnetic tape storage that requires rotation. This means an IT administrator must rotate the tape cartridges to ensure that their backup data remains up-to-date. When using tape, rotation is needed so the company can access data without fail. It protects the tape from excessive wear and damage, which might hamper or destroy the ability to retrieve data.

Tape rotation requires a regular schedule, often with added expenses in return for greater security against disaster. Companies with high volumes of sensitive data usually require a complex and secure rotation schedule while small businesses may get away with something simple and cost-effective. Can you sense tape’s complexity and manual labor cost?

In today’s data-driven economy, businesses who want to stay competitive need to move faster and recover or restore data in seconds or minutes, not hours and days. Tape is not keeping up. (See Flash-to-Flash-to-Cloud – Why Tape is Dead)

Many businesses are therefore considering utilizing powerful data hubs that use Flash technology (e.g. EMC Isilon, NetApp StorageGRID, Pure Storage Flashblade) capable of consolidating a wide range of workloads , such as backup and restore, test/dev, AI and analytics so they can be restore data rapidly during critical times of need. (See Using AltaVault and StorageGRID to Replace Tape Backups)

Moving data to these new systems however can require a lot of planning and very careful migration. Frequently the IT team must create a plan and execute a comprehensive plan to identify, move, restore and migrate data and information stored on tape and other media types. This is where Tranzform’s Migrator software and our migration dedicated services can help. To learn more contact us.

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