Archive on the Rise

Gartner last month announced the results of an enterprise infrastructure survey conducted with over 1,000 large enterprises -http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1460213 – and they make interesting reading. According to respondents; data growth is the biggest data centre hardware infrastructure challenge for large enterprises. Now, this in itself is probably not surprising – vendors, end-users and other industry analysts have been talking about this challenge for some time. The inescapable truth is that storage demands are growing, and the answer lies somewhere between provisioning greater capacity and making more efficient use of the resources available. What is particularly striking is that 62% of respondents reported that they will be investing in data archiving or retirement by the end of 2011. Read More

The More Things Change . . .

You’ve heard the saying "the more things change the more they stay the same." Per Wikipedia this is a "proverb that makes the observation that turbulent changes do not affect reality on a deeper level other than to cement the status quo." I think this describes the backup situation in the Small to Mid-sized Enterprise (SME) environment perfectly. 

There are many backup options available today for both the SME and the larger enterprise including NAS, deduplicaton, Snapshot, VTL, cloud backup and of course Automated Tape Libraries.  The backup needs of a small to mid-size enterprise is essentially the same as those of a large enterprise, however there may be a significant difference in budget and technical expertise available for storage management.  So while there are a variety of storage solutions for backup, with their own pros and cons, the objective of most SME Information Technology departments is to provide effective protection for their company’s data at an affordable price using few technical resources.  This translates into Automated Tape Libraries. Read More

Highlighting Your Best Feature IS The Trend… Get On Board

Last week, Spectra was one of hundreds of vendors at IP Expo in London. Several of Spectra’s business partners were in attendance as well, and it is always interesting to see what they are up to. 

It’s great to see a back to basics theme in our channel’s marketing and event planning. The channel is intended to put logical solutions together and there seems to be more of a push towards introducing their vendors in this way. This compliments Spectra’s Active Archive messaging and the Alliance nicely and was certainly a hot topic amongst the end users as well.  Read More

The Zombie DR Survival Guide (Halloween special edition)

 I’ve worked for most of my professional life in data storage, focused primarily on data protection.  I am always looking for ways to better protect data.  I typically think about how to make things run more quickly and reliably, and with less user intervention.  Occasionally, I look at identifying and preparing for potentially unexpected outage causes.  I’ve experienced recoveries or complete infrastructure failures caused by various random acts: a spilled glass of milk, using a floor buffer and plugging a network cable into the incorrect port.  These all caused unimagined disruption, but this week, Halloween week, I am thinking about something much worse.  Read More

Tape and Disk Unite

Views held by tape and disk users are sometimes as divergent as those between dog owners and cat lovers.  Unlike the often disastrous mix of cats and dogs under one roof, however, the side-by-side deployment of disk and tape in a single data center can be very beneficial.

The topic of whether or not tape and disk should co-habitat has been debated for more than 10 years.  The “tape is dead” crowd has been loud and persistent during that period — and rather incorrect.  Hence, it’s time to think about a truce in the best interests of customers’ business operations. Read More

50 TB per Tape –Imagine Disk in the Future

Dear Ms. Meade:

Did you read about the recent breakthrough[1]in tape technology—up to 50 TB per LTO tape? I was also “excited about the recently announced 3TB Seagate hard[2] drive, but if tape devices can go to 50TB imagine what kind of hard drives we'll have in a few years time.”


Seeing Only Disk

Dear Seeing Only Disk,

You might want to have your eyes checked. The breakthrough is in TAPE, not DISK. I find it so interesting that readers see the word “tape” and say the word “disk.” My, but the big advertising bucks spent by the Three-Letter-Disk vendor continue to pay off. Disk vendors have managed to obscure advancements in tape and instead bring to mind advancements in disk. Your disk dollars are hard at work with conflation in mind. Read More

Deduplication: A Personality Analysis

I just finished re-reading Keith Schultz’s recent article, which is a test lab review of three different deduplication appliances on the market today.  Spectra nTier Deduplication was one of the three. I always like to read reviews about my products, especially when they are positive.  If you have not read it, I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but will tell you that InfoWorld found that all the systems……. worked.  As much as I wish my deduplication appliance was the only one that worked, I must remain honest.  Most, if not all, mainstream deduplication solutions carry out their primary goal:  reducing your data.    Read More

Who Cares About a Green Data Center?

Who cares about a green data center?

Really?  Not in the negative sense as in, “Who the heck cares about a green data center?” but in the simple sense of, “Who is it exactly that cares about reducing power consumption in the data center?” 

This question was recently posed to me by a participant on a webinar I was leading.  The subject of the webinar was, “Why Tape?” and energy is always a part of answering that question.  But as for who would care about this, I didn’t have a simple answer.  The EPA did a study on power consumption in US data centers which was requested (mandated) by the US Congress.  I hate it when the US Congress starts asking me questions.  It’s never good… Read More

Aesop said, "Tape ain’t dead!"

In Aesop’s fable a boy cried wolf and wasn’t believed.  The same can be said for those naysayers who’ve been preaching that, “Tape’s dead.”  What on earth are they thinking?

Within the past year alone the following has occurred in the tape storage world:

1) Hitachi and Maxell announce they’ve developed a 50 TB tape.

2) IBM announced it can produce a 35 TB tape.

3) Oracle, as part of its roadmap, announced it will ship a 20 TB tape.

4) The LTO consortium released a roadmap with a 12+ TB tape (LTO8).

5) Fujifilm announced media technology reliably archiving data on tape for 30+ year periods. Read More

2010: The Stars Align, and What’s Ahead in 2011

Spectra Logic was recently honored with an innovative product award for our TFinity tape library. As I stood up to accept our award — the 4th product award this year for the TFinity — it struck me just what a year it has been. Going into fiscal 2010, we knew we were very well positioned against our competitors. We were set to release the TFinity,  we were leading in tape technology innovations due to steadfast R&D investments, and our archive and backup solutions were continuing to gain traction and market share. But fiscal 2010 turned out better than even I had imagined as the stars perfectly aligned for Spectra Logic.   Read More