Tape Media Drives And Cartridge

When we think of a storage medium for backups, in business or professional environments, NAS and high capacity hard drive cabinets immediately come to mind, but ... is it sure that it is the most profitable, efficient and safe medium?  With storage needs growing non-stop thanks to new technologies such as big data, cloud, streaming, large-scale computing and IoT, having a cost-effective, secure and efficient storage is a priority for the majority of companies.

During the past year, many advances in the technology of backup tape have been announced, which continue to make its use attractive.  The tape media drives and cartridge work as a secure storage medium, with high capacity and with even better performance, remains in the first position of choice for many companies and data centers. Let's see its advantages over the disc.

Tapes 5 times faster than hard drives

According to industry estimates, by 2025 the transfer rate of the tape media drives is expected to be five times higher than that of the HDDs. This announcement should let us check, but it is not necessary to go so far:

    • IBM announced a tape drive with a capacity of 15 TB uncompressed (45 TB with compression) with the use of 3592 tape cartridges.
    • The LTO consortium announced its roadmap with specifications for LTO-12 with a capacity of 192 TB (480TB with compression).
    • Sony Corp in 2017 announced the development of a technology for tapes with a density of 201 Gbps (GB per square inch). This would allow 330TB cartridges.
    • Fujifilm has applied for the patent for tape drives with strontium ferrite with a storage potential of 400 TB per cartridge, i.e. 224 Gbspi.
    • The LTFS file system allows you to use the tapes as if they were disk-based storage, transparent to the user.


Cost per GB and TCO

With all this escalation in storage capacity, what does it produce? The cost per gigabyte in tape media drives and cartridge is traditionally lower than hard drives. It makes the tape the technology with the best total cost of ownership (TCO) for long-term data retention compared to other storage media. In this 2016 comparison, the TCO of the tape drives was seven times better than a hard drive. With the new formats, it will continue to increase.

A tape cartridge does not consume power

One point often overlooked is the CO2 consumption or carbon footprint that hard disk storage produces compared to the tape. The tape media drives are very efficient, with very little electrical consumption during operation. With the energy consumption of stored data growing exponentially year after year, many organizations are looking for technologies to reduce the carbon footprint by storing their data, and many are turning to tape technology for this. Some comparative data:

  • 3 PB of data stored on disks consumes 18 tons of CO2 per year.
  • The same amount of information on tape consumes 0.5 tons of CO2.
  • Disk-based systems consume 70% more energy than tape-based systems.
  • Converting 33% of disk storage to tape would save 200 million megawatts per year.
The safe and portable medium

Tape media drives and cartridges are not only profitable and efficient, but it is also one of the most reliable ways to store information and protect it against ransomware attacks or hackers. Why? The hard disks are always online, unless we disconnect the server, on the contrary, the tape cartridges are removed from the unit when the copy ends, and they are stored somewhere else offline.

Many people are under the impression that we have moved past using tape storage and it seems more like an outdated solution. It goes without saying that losing crucial data can be more costly than implementing a robust data protection plan. In this digital era, people are more inclined towards using hard drives and cloud backup with large storage capacities. The newer generation might not have even heard about tape media drives & cartridge. But, this is not true!

Organizations are still using tape storage such as HP LTO-4 Ultrium Cartridges in California, to store data or create backups. It is a viable option, and in multiple cases, it is far more popular than online storage methods. With such popularity in recent times, let’s discuss why this storage mode/method is still relevant today!


Tape storage was created when the first modern computers were found, back in 1950s. Back then, tape rolls could easily hold one megabyte of data on a tape storage. In recent times, tape storage has evolved significantly. Keeping up with the revolution of the likes of USBs, SSDs, and HDDs, there are tape storage devices that could store up to 1 terabyte of data. Typically, people do not consider it to be a practical solution, but the benefits it offer to individuals and organizations is the primary reason of its existence.

Tape storages are capable of reducing the data before storing. It is believed that it is lower than what a hard drive can do, making tape media drives & cartridge a cost effective option. What’s more is that these are cheaper than other options that are available on the market.

Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of tape storage.

It is important to understand that tape media drives & cartridge are not out of fashion. Yes, the use cases might have reduced due to more convenient options. But, it is a more affordable and durable option when compared to others. A tape storage device can store equivalent amount of data as that of an HDD. People think that it is not a modern technology and is not efficient as other options. The only downside is that it may take a lot of time to create a backup, transfer, or move files on a tape storage. When we talk about internet speed, cloud services and HDDs are a much better option. However, you will have to pay more to get the most out of these services. One of the primary reasons tape storage is still relevant today is because when it comes to restoring the lost data or an entire system, nothing is faster than tape media drives & cartridge.

The durability and affordability it offers is second to none when we compare tape storage and restore options. Hence in a nutshell, the technology may be overtaken by other options or new findings in near future. But, as of this moment tape storage is still relevant and numerous businesses are benefitting from its offerings.

Cloud Backup Service

In this technologically advanced world, people have started to leverage the offerings of cloud data storage. The cloud backup is a service through which cloud computing resources and infrastructure are used to create, edit, manage, and restore data, services, or application backup. This type of cloud storage is managed remotely over the internet service, which allows you to access your data anytime, anywhere.

Because you can access your data virtually, a cloud backup service actually prevents data loss that may occur due to hardware malfunction or natural disaster. In such cases, your data will remain safe in the offsite and remote storage platform. Making cloud backup a highly flexible and safe solution for all of your data storage needs.

Although the cloud backup is not a substitute for a local backup or data stored on an external hard drive or data tape, it is an easier and more accessible solution to it. When you store or perform a backup of your data through the cloud, you are actually creating a backup offsite. That means you can access your data offline. In addition to the easy accessibility of your data via a cloud backup, some of the cloud service providers also provide a mobile application making it accessible globally anywhere, anytime, or from any device.

Forget about carrying storage devices or running a remote server alone. With a cloud backup service, you only have to upload the data to store, allowing hassle free and efficient access to it whenever you want.

Apart from easy accessibility and data loss prevention, a cloud backup service is encrypted and protected offering an additional feature that provides protection from theft. Just as any good Internet service provider, such as IBM iSeries AS400 Cloud storage, all of your data in transit and stored in their servers are encrypted. You can also have the option to use your own key for the data encryption, taking data storage and security to the next level.

In this technologically advanced era, cloud backup services have become an industry standard for storing data. Due to its numerous benefits, people and companies have started relying on cloud backup service as it is now needed more than ever. From flexibility, scalability, enhanced performance and easy accessibility you can take your business to the next level with a professional cloud backup service provider.

With 2017 on the horizon, the technology industry has been in transition over the past year. A new year is a chance for restrategizing and technological advancements. Cloud computing has helped revolutionize many companies over the past few years and with data being the core value of many companies, it has been a game changer. In order for your company to work more efficiently, we are going to look at what’s in store for the cloud in 2017 to maintain your balanced and productive business flow.


Hybrid Cloud Technology

More companies will start relying on a hybrid approach to the cloud that consists of on-premise data storage and cloud integration. Smaller companies will be able to easily migrate to the cloud fully with this method. For enterprise level businesses, adopting this method of on-site and off-site data storage requires buy-ins from across the organization.

As enterprises usually store the majority of their data on site and in company controlled servers, it’s not as quick of a transition like smaller businesses. While there are high upfront costs for big companies moving their data to the cloud, the hybrid cloud approach reduces costs and saves a significant amount of money in the long-run.

Shifting Toward Big Cloud Providers

With more companies shifting toward an all cloud solution and hybrid approach, companies like Amazon have been dominating the market for cloud platform services and will continue to gain momentum. They provide a platform that enables companies to incorporate a secure agile infrastructure, which allows companies the flexibility they require. Although some enterprises have dedicated their resources to launch their own private clouds, third party services like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure have made it difficult to compete with them internally. Amazon is assisting those companies better manage their hybrid infrastructure with constant monitoring and cost management tools. Microsoft Azure is competitive in pricing and might be a more viable route for companies looking to save money.  Azure will continue to gain momentum in hybrid and container technologies in 2017.

According to Investopedia, “Cisco Systems Inc. will shut down its Intercloud Services public cloud by March of 2017.” With Amazon’s additional features, Cisco is not the only company it’s knocked out of the cloud race. Many large companies attempting their own private cloud servers come to realize the time and expense are outweighed by the ease and cost-effectiveness of using third-party providers. With the constant shift in the cloud industry, companies have adapted their strategies accordingly.


New Improvements in Cloud Security

With more companies adopting the cloud, security threats will continue to be a concern for organizations. With data growing in the cloud, hackers will be motivated to find new methods to breach service providers. Security as a Service (SECaaS) will become a larger factor and organizations will look to implement additional cloud security and monitoring. With many cloud platforms offering subscription based SECaaS, security services including intrusion detection and 24/7 monitoring reduce the burden on your IT team. Security will become an important differentiator when it comes to choosing service providers in 2017.



With big cloud providers like Amazon and Google, enterprises and organizations have been shifting toward a multi-platform strategy. Managing multiple cloud platforms is going to require enhanced monitoring and cost effective strategy.  If you or your company is switching to the cloud, there’s no need to throw away your server hard drives and equipment. Big Data Supply, Inc. will buy your used and new IT equipment and professionally erase the data.

Contact us today with your list of equipment and let’s get you started.

With digital technology on the rise, data is quickly becoming the central core of an enterprise’s value. Data is what guides companies to make consumer focused decisions in order to improve products and services in a competitive market. Data destruction is not usually top of mind for most organizations. That’s why realizing the potential security and financial risks companies face by not properly destroying their data is detrimental to future success.

The proper steps must be taken to prevent data breaches and ensure your customers’ and organization’s sensitive data has been completely disposed of. In order to get a better understanding of why protecting your data is important, let’s explore data destruction behavior and its impact.


Impacts on Your Company

With improper data destruction practices, some of the negative consequences your company could potentially face include:

  • Loss of customer trust
  • Negative company reputation
  • Financial damages & liability
  • Possible government action and sanctions

The cost of proper data destruction is minimal compared with the potential costs of someone accessing your personal data. According to Protiviti, a global business consultant firm for Fortune 1000 and 500 companies, “One in three companies lack policies for information security and data encryption.” Having a secure data destruction process is crucial. Much of the time, sensitive data ends up in the hands of IT employees without the proper procedure to properly dispose of critical information. Hackers are aware of this common issue and are readily available to steal your enterprise’s crown jewels.

Many companies are migrating to the cloud and may relocate their data centers every few years, leaving servers full of private information. Just as any other company, data centers must make sure they plan ahead for data destruction processes in order to stay within the set budget and with minimal operational interruptions for their clients.

For proper data destruction practices, make sure you take electronics to a reliable third party service if your organization does not perform data destruction services in-house. To prevent your company from external data leaks, make sure you are properly destroying old storage media or hire someone who is trusted to do it for you efficiently and eco-friendly like Big Data Supply, Inc. Our processes meet or exceed all laws, acts and compliance regarding data destruction such as HIPPA, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), Department of Defense (DOD) and more.


Here at Big Data Supply, Inc., we offer an eco-friendly e-waste recycling program for all tape formats and brands. We comply with multiple laws regarding consumer data including HIPAA, FACTA, SEC, and more. Contact us today and we’ll take care of your data destruction needs no matter how large or small.

It can happen to anyone, right? Imagine going to the dentist for a sensitive tooth and giving sensitive protected health information (PHI) to the staff thus, in effect, handing over an implied trust that your data will be protected. You leave the office feeling better but then you get a letter from the dentist. As reported, the dentist apparently had a little bit of decay in his data protection plan:

“On the late afternoon of Monday July 25, 2016, my car window was broken out and my briefcase was stolen. In that briefcase was an external hard drive containing two different types of data. First, all office patient records were backed up on the drive, including social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, phone numbers, date of birth, physical and email addresses and health insurance information.”

Well, as they say, you can’t make this stuff up. This actually did happen to the patients of SoCal dentist. You can see the full letter which is posted on the website of State of California Department of Justice Office of the Attorney General. The letter goes into detail about reporting to credit agencies for protection from potential fraud and more.

The site www.databreaches.net reports on many of these instances and if you take a look through the information it is enough to make anyone be concerned for the protection of personal information by businesses of all sizes from Target to your dentist.

At Big Data Supply, Inc. we specialize in buying and selling backup technologies that can keep this kind of occurrence from happening. From Tapes to servers and everything in between we can help businesses and their service providers protect data in a responsible manner.

One of the best ways to protect data is using our cloud. No longer do businesses worry about the safety and the security of cloud services. In fact, as a cloud provider we are committed to providing the highest levels of security. We do this 24/7 and can offer solutions for small businesses like a dentist practice all the way up through the enterprise.

What are you doing to protect your customer data? What precautions are you taking with your business data? Have you ever wondered what the businesses you frequent are doing with your data?

Call today to learn about how Big Data Supply can help your business protect your data and your business’s reputation.

With the rapid rate of change in the IT space there can be many unforeseen trouble spots but there are also opportunities. The push to the cloud continues to gain momentum and that trend is not likely to end any time soon. In fact, it is most likely that some version of the cloud will be part of most IT infrastructures for a long time to come. We recognize this and help our customers take full advantage of these opportunities.

At Big Data Supply, Inc. we do a lot of different things and among them is cloud services. Where we are unique is our deep experience in the IBM space. Our history of implementing and supporting IBM Power Systems gives our customers a unique advantage when moving to the cloud. We work with IBM iSeries, AS/400, AS/400 running i5OS, AIX and Linux.

Working with these systems over time gives us a greater understanding of the environments that translate into an easier transition to the cloud for our customers. We host our own IBM cloud instance. As noted on our IBM cloud hosting section of our site:

The core resources are delivered using an IBM PureFlex Chassis and iSeries Nodes with IBM Storewize SANs for backend storage. This powerful combination provides the flexibility needed in a cloud environment for IBM i systems and the ability to quickly provision resources at an affordable price.


Cloud Credits

So while this is a great story to tell, it actually gets better.

Another important aspect of our business is regarding used IT assets. We purchase IT infrastructure that is being replaced by companies, including data tapes, servers, tape drives, and more. Many customers have found that the convenience of the service saves them time and money. In addition, they recoup some of the cost of the equipment in the process.

With IBM customers there is an added option that can be very attractive. While we would normally buy existing infrastructure, what we do for IBM customers who are making the transition to the cloud is provide cloud credits as part of the process. Simply put, we help our customers turn their existing hardware into a cloud environment. Having completed this kind of transformation for many customers we can turn a situation that can often be very stressful into one that is efficient and cost effective.

Contact us today to learn more about our programs. Our team of pros is ready to help you not only retire your existing hardware but also help you transition into the future with the Big Data Supply cloud.

The cloud economy is real. As AWS created the public cloud industry for the masses, the adoption rate of cloud offerings for everything, including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) has skyrocketed.

As with most good things that are marketed to death and promoted as IT’s version of the second coming there are unintended consequences of shifting cloudward. Not the least of these is the dilemma of what happens to existing infrastructure that is being replaced by a cloud delivery.

Often these moves to the cloud are driven by economic buyers who are not directly connected to their IT teams. The message received by those cutting the checks but not minding the IT shop is that a switch to the cloud is an easy way to save money and gain efficiency.

As with most things in business and life, the devil is in the details. Moving to the cloud requires taking a good hard look at the existing infrastructure and determining what role it could play in an infrastructure that includes cloud services.

Let’s look at a few scenarios that might surface as a move to the cloud is made.


  1. Current infrastructure is approaching end of life – This is one of the more desirable positions to be in, as looming capital expenditures can now be turned into operating expenses, which saves cash. As is the case with many Big Data Supply customers, there could be an opportunity to sell the older equipment to us and have even more cash to help offset new cloud expenditures.


  1. Some equipment gets repurposed – This is another opportunistic situation in which servers or other equipment could be assigned for other duties. An example would be taking a production server and turning it into a ‘warm spare’ of a critical component of your IT architecture. This can serve as a form of disaster recovery which could be very valuable if the situation arises.


  1. The current infrastructure is no longer needed – This can be a worst case scenario depending on the level of depreciation the current assets have reached. There could be some losses incurred, but our job at Big Data Supply is to buy servers, data tape media, tape drives, and tape libraries.

You can also hire an business lawyers to defend your corporate IT infrastructure

Adapting to the cloud economy is a fantastic opportunity to truly streamline your IT inventory and assets. There is always some short-term pain or discomfort but having partners like BDS can help lighten the load.

Call us today at 1(800) 905-7329 to set up a consultation. We can help you evaluate how to get the most from your existing infrastructure or turn your unneeded assets into cash.

It’s hard to imagine, but Amazon Web Services (AWS) turned 10 years old this year. In that relatively short period of time Amazon has essentially created the public cloud industry and opened the door for innovation in the IT space that has changed how IT functions.

Before the public cloud became a product (versus the many individual, privately owned installations that had existed since the beginning of computing) companies followed a somewhat inefficient way of managing IT infrastructure. In short, IT leadership had to try to predict just how much horsepower (servers, switches, routers etc.) their organization needed currently then over bought by how ever many factors they could squeeze out of their budgets to account for the inevitable growth that every optimistic business leader predicted would come sooner than later.

This process resulted in several years of having too much gear for the actual workloads. That, however, didn’t stop the cycle from occurring the exact same way. Old infrastructure was slated for ‘end of life’ to make room for the next over purchase of the ‘latest and greatest’ versions of just about the same stuff (thankfully companies can sell old IT equipment to Big Data Supply).

While FedEx and UPS had figured out how to accommodate a rapidly evolving ‘just in time’ economy, the world of IT was stuck in an antiquated system that made tech sales reps rich and made IT leaders lose sleep and, ultimately, their jobs.

Enter AWS.

Starting in 2006 the rules gradually changed. It was slowly discovered that the true value of IT was strategic and was intimately connected to revenue generation rather than the traditional expense black hole that the old model fed year after year. As a result, AWS started an industry that marketers have turned into ‘the cloud’. What Amazon has done has been nothing short of amazing as it has, for the most part, single-handedly created the cloud industry.

By being savvy and putting the pedal through the floor, Amazon is to the cloud industry what Google is to the search engine industry. It is the most dominant player by far and has simply changed the rules of IT, quite possibly, forever.

An idea in 2004 spawned the service that began in 2006 which basically became the domain of developers and those who didn’t have the space or funds for a data center setup to do what they needed to succeed in the Internet economy. Skipping ahead to the 10th year of its existence, AWS now offers hundreds, if not thousands, of ways to fulfill tech needs.

So how has this meteoric rise changed IT? It has transformed the industry from necessary evil to critical component of business success. IT professionals are no longer seen as nerds with pocket protectors but rather wizards who can enable ideas to turn to profit centers more rapidly than at any time in the past.

Now companies can own IT infrastructure that is essential to business functions. They can buy the elements that make sense to own and maintain while leasing capabilities from AWS and any number of competitors who can maintain and update said infrastructure on behalf of the business. Now businesses who sell widgets can concentrate on selling widgets versus managing IT empires.

This is where we come in here at Big Data Supply, Inc. We help companies make the move to the cloud in different ways. When customers are ready to decommission their data center we can help with removing existing equipment and even help offset the cost of cloud migration through the sale of servers and more. We even have the capabilities to set our customers to get started on the cloud, one of the most reliable cloud environments available which is architected using enterprise class IBM hardware and software.

AWS has paved the way for this new world order and it may actually be a good thing that it has become so dominant. The cloud industry is one where AWS’s ability to turn millions and millions of dollars in profits each quarter actually benefits the economy as a whole. The resulting change in the IT space has been a huge positive across the board as IT gets better and better at what it does and business pros actually start to understand the impact of technology on the bottom line.

Call us today at 1 (800) 905-7329 to learn how we can partner with you to help you make the move to the next generation of IT services.

While the pundits and prognosticators of the IT industry, and in particular the data storage sector, want to proclaim the death of tape for backups and archiving, the technology continues to roll on as if it can’t hear a single word.

With unstructured data becoming more and more ‘normal’, tape for backup and archiving is one of the best ways to protect these large file formats. Tape, however, is not just for this kind of storage. In fact, traditional uses of tape for backups continue to grow as the technology becomes more capable of handling larger data sets.

With the advent of LTO (Linear Tape –Open) 7 coming to the market in December of 2015, there is a fantastic opportunity to take advantage of the LTO-6 standard. With a raw capacity of 2.5 TB and a 2.5:1 compression rate, LTO-6 tapes have the capacity to do most jobs for a variety of IT backup and storage needs.

Some other features of the LTO-6 family are highlighted here from TechTarget’s SearchStorage site:


The native data transfer rate for Generation 6 is 160 MBps, and the compressed data rate is up to 400 MBps. LTO-6 supports previously added features such as WORM, hardware-based encryption, and partitioning, enabling LTFS. As with prior LTO generations, LTO-6 drives provide backward compatibility with the ability to read and write LTO-5 cartridges and read LTO-4 cartridges. An LTO Ultrium drive can read data from a cartridge in its own generation and two previous generations, and it can write data to a cartridge in its own generation and the immediate prior generation.


At Big Data Supply, Inc. we work with buyers and sellers of LTO-6 tape media. IT resellers from around the world buy data tape media from us in new, open-box and refurbished conditions. Data centers buy direct from us as well as they look to take advantage of our services for the LTO-6 market.

In order to have this inventory we buyback data tape media from data center owners / operators and resellers alike.

If you are looking for a way to either add to your LTO-6 inventory or offload LTO-6 data tape media to help recoup some of your investment, we should talk. Our goal is to help all types of business including large corporations, banks, hospitals, law-firms, government agencies, wholesalers and more meet their IT needs with the highest quality goods from a trusted partner.

Let’s talk to learn more about your needs and to determine if we are a good fit for each other. Call us today!

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