Considering Tape for Backup and Archive: Five Key Points

Tape technology has proven to be the cost leader in backup and archive for years and that is not changing anytime soon. With significant capacity advancements with every new tape generation, the cost per gigabyte of tape storage continues to decrease with each new technology upgrade, meaning even rapidly growing environments where data growth often outpaces budgets can harness the advantages of tape for backup and archive. Here are some major reasons why you should consider implementing tape technology in your data storage environment for backup and archive:

  1. Cheaper than Cloud

How does tape technology compare to some of the cloud-based archiving options on the market today? The reality is that all on-premise storage is more affordable than cloud storage for long-term use. Cloud’s greatest cost advantage is that it is billed monthly as an operational expense, which translates into a very low cost of acquisition when compared to the greater upfront investment required to purchase tape hardware. The key to a comprehensive cost analysis is to evaluate the total solution, how long data needs to be kept and how much data will be stored over time. When data capacity is high and moderate retention periods are in place, the cost of cloud quickly adds up. It’s not the storing of data per se that is expensive on the cloud, but rather the cost to move it and access it (egress charges). Get a full TCO comparison of tape and cloud in this white paper. Read More


Data Resiliency: What You Need to Know

The term “data resiliency” refers to data’s ability to “spring back” in situations where it is compromised. Data resiliency relates to digitally preserving organizational assets in the event of a natural disaster or data center corruption by means of redundant components and data availability. It is essentially an organization’s ability to avoid unexpected disruptions to data workflows.

The idea is that, in the event that data in a specific location becomes corrupted or is inaccessible, availability is improved when multiple copies of data are stored in multiple locations. Users and applications are still able to access data so long as they are directed to a secondary location where the same data is not compromised. Ultimately, to ensure data resiliency, organizations must protect data in a number of different locations. When data from one location fails, a redundant copy of data seamlessly takes over, allowing users and applications to continue undisrupted operations. Read More


The Advantages of Tape for Backup and Archive


Six major benefits of tape and its advancements

Today, we are on the cusp of a data storage and management revolution. Whilst organizations are looking to increase agility via the optimization of data management for rapid retrieval, remote collaboration… – Read More


Disk-Only Object Storage for Media and Entertainment: Everything You Need to Know

Long known for its tape storage solutions, Spectra continues to push the envelope when it comes to diversified storage options, including options for disk-only environments.

Media companies that create and own vast amounts of content continue to face challenges associated with balancing cost against the increasingly growing storage capacities that are required of modern infrastructures. In order to support future business development, they require innovative and agile solutions to help them shift their resources to their core businesses in this dynamic and competitive landscape, looking to disk-only solutions to satiate such needs. These solutions need to be fast, versatile, cost-effective and open, to enable them to maintain control over their content and give them an edge over their competition. Read More


From Identification to Migration, Protection and Access: Spectra StorCycle

As the expansion of data continues to accelerate, organizations face an ever-increasing need to find affordable, creative solutions to the problem of long-term data retention and protection. Most IT administrators are caught between a rock and a hard place. They are running out of space on their expensive, high performing storage systems, but simply don’t have the budget to increase the size of those systems to accommodate the extreme performance required by today’s business applications, as well as for the economical long-term data preservation.

Behind this problem is an alarming reality: According to Storage Switzerland, roughly 80% of the world’s data typically lives on the wrong tier of storage. This is data that is still considered important enough to keep, but isn’t active, or being actively accessed. The typical IT administrator has neither the time, staff or resources to make a detailed study of their entire dataset to understand what has to stay on that high performing tier and what can be moved off to a Perpetual Tier of storage. Read More


Trends in Video Surveillance: Managing Retention Rates and Cybercrime

Marketing Program Manager, Spectra Logic

Video surveillance data storage trends

Over the last few years, the video surveillance industry has seen a boom in the amount of video content being generated. As lengthening retention rates, increasing camera intelligence, greater adoption of analytics, and more content aggregation escalate video storage needs and burden existing systems, many organizations are realizing that the amount of managed digital assets will continue to grow. This means that storage strategies for video content can quickly take up a major part of their budgets.

Spectra Logic anticipates a number of key trends to characterize the video surveillance data storage market in 2018 and beyond. Read More


The Rise of Ransomware and its Impact on Digital Preservation

Our digital world is growing at an astounding pace. While society’s collective knowledge and understanding depends on the ongoing aggregation, analysis, and distribution of vast amounts of data, the preservation of these digital assets is at constant risk from cyber-attacks that evolve and threaten it. Recent reports total the number of new malware in 2016 alone at 127 million specimen, with other sources currently registering over 250,000 new malicious programs every day for 2018. While the growth in new types of the vast majority of malware is no longer expected to significantly increase year-over-year, most predict a sharp rise in ransomware. Read More


Is a Tape Environment Compatible with the GDPR?

General data protection regulation or GDPR and protecting your data imageWhat is GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a newly implemented regulation concerned with the collection, handling, storage, protection and deletion of personal information of individuals within the European Union (EU). While reforms were agreed upon in December 2015, organizations were not expected to be compliant until May 25, 2018. The main points of the ruling are:

  • Organizations must protect data assets containing the personal information of EU residents.
  • Organizations must maintain the ability to delete such data and are required to do so upon the request of the individual

Organizations that do not manage and protect personal data appropriately face serious fines under the new regulation. This considerable penalty is why this regulation is getting so much attention, not only in Europe, but across the world. Read More


The Role of Multi-Tier Storage in High Performance Computing Environments

Marketing Program Manager, Spectra Logic

Multi-tier storage for High Performance Computing HPC Banner

Our society is currently undergoing an explosion in digital data that shows no sign of slowing down. The volume of data created each day has increased immensely and will continue to grow exponentially over time, especially in high performance computing research environments. Where should organizations store their data and what is the best way to manage it? Sure, short-term fixes are appealing due to their easy implementation, but often worsen long-term storage challenges associated with performance, scalability and cost. It is essential to consider future needs when examining storage options. Read More


Demystifying LTO-8: Part IV

Part four of our “Demystifying LTO-8” blog series covers Spectra Certified Media and the benefits of implementing it within your data center.

Why Spectra Certified Media?

  • Media has variability. Multiple vendors produce raw media and while there are standard LTO specifications, there is still variation. EVERY PIECE of Spectra media is individually tested, unlike other vendors who do batch testing and claim to certify “an entire truckload of media.” There is often variation within batches and Spectra believes the only way to guarantee the reliability of its media is to test every piece individually.
  • Vendors have variability. Over time, different vendors provide media that varies. Spectra tests every media option and only uses the best available raw media as the basis for Spectra Certified media. This ensures customers only receive the most reliable media on the market.
  • Spectra has higher standards than anyone. A base LTO specification is in place and media vendors are required to at least meet the minimum. Only Spectra Certified media guarantees the reliability needed for “forever archives.”
  • Spectra Certified Media is Carbide cleaned. This ensures maximum drive life and media longevity. Rough media is extremely hard on the heads in a tape drive. CarbideClean removes manufacturing residue present on all media and doubles the life of tape drives.
  • Spectra Certified Media is directly integrated with Spectra libraries for continuous monitoring. Buying the best media at the beginning is not enough. Media has a tough life with countless mounts, spooling, read/write, verifications and sometimes rough treatment from environment or the library itself. The ONLY way to monitor the health of your media is through the exclusive Spectra Media Lifecycle Management [MLM].
    • Initialization – At initial test, 40+ unique health statistics are sent to an RFID chip on the tape.
    • Monitoring – MLM statistics on Spectra Certified Media are continuously tracked by the Spectra Library for overall tape health. Data is easily accessible through the library BlueScale interface.
    • Alerting – When the library identifies tapes that are at risk, the user is immediately notified so actions, including data migration to a new tape, can be initiated. Identifying statistically problematic tapes before they fail and data loss occurs saves customers millions of dollars.
    • Ongoing scanning – Drive Integrity Verification as well as “quick” and “full” scan options allow administrators to periodically sample both tapes and media on a periodic basis and get ahead of issues before they arise.
    • Spectra Certified Media is guaranteed for life – Unlike other vendors who have a 90-day or couple-year warranty, Spectra stands behind its media and guarantees it forever.

    Bottom line, Spectra Certified media saves you money and provides unparalleled data protection… After all, isn’t that why you are using tape in the first place?

    This concludes our four-part “Demystifying LTO-8” blog series. If you haven’t had a chance to read parts one, two and three, visit our blog page on our corporate website. Also, look for the hashtag #LTO8FAQ on social media for other blogs from the series. Read More