10 Reasons Tape Backup Remains Important to the Enterprise

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10 Reasons Tape Backup Remains Important to the Enterprise

By Chris Preimesberger

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Backbone of Many Enterprise Storage Systems

Despite all the new technologies, including the cloud, tape has been the primary means by which organizations back up and recover critical data for over 50 years.

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Pizza-Sized Reels at First

The first tape reader/recorder had reels the size of a pizza, and its drive was as a big as a refrigerator. A single tape often reached 1,200 feet in length.

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Whopping Capacity in Single Cartridge

The largest digital tape available now stores up to 185TB (soon to be 220TB), versus only 10TB for the largest available disk drive. The storage economics benefits here are basically off the charts.

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Reliability Would Be Tape's Middle Name if It Had One

Automated tape systems have a proven reliability rate of more than five 9's, or 99.999 percent, according to a recent storage industry study.

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Not Going Anywhere for a Long Time

According to Gartner, disk-to-disk-to-tape should remain the predominant strategy for enterprises through the next several years, despite newer disk-based solutions gaining media attention.

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Tape Acts Like a Very Large USB Drive for Transport Purposes

Tapes now act like enormous USB drives, capable of transporting tremendous volumes of data every day.

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Long Shelf Life

Tape has a shelf life of 30 years, which far surpasses the typical 7- to 10-year period for the spinning disk, whose always-on technology contributes to notably higher energy costs.

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Plays Well With Cloud Storage

Tape and cloud-based archives should be friends, not foes. When companies craft a strategy that balances both their benefits, they often see measurable results.

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Very Reliable in Disaster Situations

Tape has proven its value as a reliable method for recovering data in the best and worst of circumstances. In other words, it's always got your back. It has helped many companies recover from natural and man-made disasters, breaches, viruses and other security violations.

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Science Enables Capacity to Continue to Improve

There are big things in store for tape, as future generations have already been planned, and each will take the capacity of tape to previously unseen levels, industry analysts believe.

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How Fujifilm Is Innovating in New Businesses, Technologies

Kodak ruled the world of film-based imaging for more than a century; Fujifilm was one of its top competitors. Kodak, as large and successful as it once was, filed for bankruptcy 10 years ago and changed its core business, focusing now on packaging, printing and professional services; Fujifilm is going strong and growing. How did this happen? In a word: innovation. When digital imaging came to mainstream use in the 1990s, Kodak was slow to move, choosing to continue developing its bread-and-butter products and services. Fujifilm looked around and found other use cases—such as X-ray film—for its core intellectual property and now is branching out in disparate new areas. The Tokyo-based company on June 16 opened its second Innovation Hub, which is in Santa Clara, Calif. (The first is in Tokyo.) At the new hub, the company showcases interesting use cases and invites thought leaders to join with...
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