90% of your Data needs Tape
Tape continues to play an integral role within the storage environment
as improvement in capabilities and reliability helps maintain its
place as a viable means of storage. Despite recent battles over
whether tape or disk is the right solution for all storage needs,
data managers are increasingly realizing that a "one-size-fits-all"
solution no longer holds true – data that needs to be accessed
on a regular basis should be managed differently than that for archiving,
long-term storage or disaster recovery.
Consider this: a UC Santa Cruz study found that 90 percent of data
stored to NAS was never accessed again, underscoring the need to
use a cost-effective means to store data and reduce energy costs.
What does this mean?
Disk can be an appropriate medium for quickly accessing that 10%
of data that needs to be readily available, and tape can be the
effective solution for the remaining 90% of the data.
Moreover, a blend of disk and tape – where near-term data
is stored on disk, then backed up on a regular basis to tape, can
deliver a more cost-effective solution to reduce power expenditures
and physical space while protecting data offline from intentional
or unintentional corruption.
60% of your Storage Managers re-introduce Tape
We’ve all seen the headlines proclaiming the passing of tape,
but most storage managers know that “these rumors have been
greatly exaggerated,” to take a line from Mark Twain.
A recent survey found that more than 60 percent of storage managers
with disk-only backup environments planned to add tape back into
their storage solution.
75% of Storage Managers impliment D2T Solution
Changing requirements for storage has resulted in the cohesive operations
of disk and tape – and the same survey found that nearly two-thirds
of storage managers implement a combined tape/disk solution (Disk
to Tape – D2T).
They know tape is an ideal tool for long-term storage and will
help reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
They also realize the value in tape for offline data protection
in a remote location to protect against viruses and disasters.