Remember when the pundits predicted that we would ultimately be a paperless society? Futurists now envision a world where cars drive everyone from point to point rather than people driving the cars themselves. These are just two examples of the use of embellishment or hyperbole to make a point, although the reality often falls far short of the fantasy.

We are seeing the same thing happen in the world of data tape storage. Storage providers and disc manufacturers have been predicting the inevitable fate of tape data storage media going the way of the dinosaur.

Well, we at Big Data Supply are here to say “Easy there, big fella!” regarding the obsolescence of data tape storage. Over our 20 years of experience and service in the data center equipment business, we have seen many IT ‘fads’ come and go. The thing about data storage using tape is that it is finding a significant niche in the data storage needs of businesses as other storage options evolve.

 

Here are a few of the ways tape is helping IT professionals get more from their infrastructure.

 

  1. Technological advances make tape for data storage capable of meeting the increasing storage needs that businesses face today. Compliance concerns like HIPAA and PCI require longer time periods for data to be archived. Using tape for long term archival needs makes more sense than using cloud or disc storage.

 

  1. The economics of tape are attractive, especially concerning long term archiving tape. Cloud storage from a third party is a monthly recurring charge that can become extremely expensive over long periods. You hear many opex v. capex arguments in favor of opex, but in this case, a smaller one-time cost for tape can save significant money over time.

 

  1. The Cloud providers are turning to tape for long term archiving for their customers. If cloud providers themselves are making this move, then it makes sense that IT departments should be looking closely at the benefits of tape.

 

Of course, each individual IT and data center department’s strategy around data storage will be determined by the unique needs of the business. This is actually the most critical step in recognizing exactly where tape will provide the greatest benefit.

If you are looking for ways to get the most mileage from your IT budget call us to schedule an appointment. We work with companies every day to help them use available technologies to their greatest benefit. We also help businesses by buying their old tape media, servers and more. And while we are good at helping our customers store data in a cost effective manner, we can also provide industry leading data destruction services.

Call us today at 1(800) 905-7329 for more information.

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Big Data Supply, Inc. has an opening for a Production/Warehouse Technician. We are a leading eco-friendly data storage supplies company and we provide on the job training. You will learn how to recycle enterprise data storage products. Our company recycles data storage media; we also buy, sell, consign and trade computer hardware equipment. We provide a culture that values opportunity for growth, development and internal promotion. We are a small start-up company comprised of experienced industry professionals looking to grow the business with current and future employees.

We are looking for a self-starter who is hard working, trustworthy, reliable, who loves learning and is committed to seeing a job through.

Looking to hire 1 full-time and 1 part-time position, proven abilities and you will quickly become full-time.

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Looking to dispose, recycle, buy or sell excess new or used 3592 JB data tape media? Ever ask yourself what is the best way to recycle 3592 data tape media?

Big Data Supply, Inc. (that’s us) pays the highest dollar possible for new and used tape. Please contact us right away if you have IBM part number for 3592JB tape media is 23R9830, we are paying more now than ever!

Buy, Sell, Recycle 3592 JB Tape Media

Buy, Sell, Recycle 3592 JB Tape Media

Our streamlined buyback program assures each and every one of our customers that they are gaining the very best deal without compromising their data. We can either provide cash or credit that can be applied toward newer tape formats and other data storage products.

We also buy other 3592 formats such as the JJ and JC versions:

IBM Part Number 46X7452 3592 "JC" Advanced Data Cartridge

IBM Part Number 24R0316 3592 "JJ" Economy Data Cartridge

To assure that all data on used tapes is completely destroyed, we utilize our proprietary method for data destruction – assuring that you will comply with industry regulations as set forth by Sarbanes-Oxley, SOX, HIPAA, the SEC, and more.

There are numerous reasons as to why selling your new and used tape is the right thing to do, including:

• You can collect some quick cash.
• It’s the environmentally conscious thing to do.
• It’s quick and easy.
• You’ll comply with industry regulations for data destruction.

For more information on selling your new and used 3592JB data tape and/or other formats, contact our buyback team.

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Visit our table top booth at the Brokerbin Roadshow in Las Vegas this week at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and play our dice game (winner every roll) and be entered to win a 50″ SMART TV.

We realize only a small portion of Brokerbin members will be at the event so we are allowing all members to fill out this short survey online to be entered to win the main prize.

Big Data Supply, Inc. “Buying & Supplying the Data Center”™; Complete stocking vendor of data tape media & tape solution provider. We buy new & used data tape media and offer 100% data erasure onsite or at our facility with full chain-of-custody. We recoup much of our customers’ initial investment in a secure, simple and eco-friendly manner.

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We were excited to learn of a new development within the LTO Program Technology Provider Companies — which is made up of HP, IBM, and Quantum. They have just announced that the LTO tape roadmap has been extended through the 10th generation.

This means that the current generation 6 is just the beginning of amazing tape developments. The LTO consortium has set the new generation guidelines at 62.5 TB for LTO-9 and 120 TB for LTO-10.

According to Joel Tax of the Santa Clara Research Group, “The production of six generations of drives and a well defined term road map are key elements for the success of LTO.” In other words, tape is far from being dead. The truth is that tape will most likely play a much larger role in longterm storage.

Beyond being able to hold massive amounts of data LTO-9 and LTO-10 will feature amazing transfer rates. It has been estimated that LTO-9 will include a compressed rate of 1,770 and the LTO-10 will offer a blazing 2,750 MB/second.

“With the extension of the roadmap, organizations can expect advancements in capacity and efficiency at lower costs,” said Chris Powers of HP.

This means that for organizations looking to scale out their data storage infrastructures, tape will allow for them to cut costs and spur on much higher levels of efficiency.

Where convenience is concerned, both LTO-9 and LTO-10 will include:

- Read-and-write backwards compatibility.
- Write Once Read Many (WORM)
- Encryption and Partitioning
- Linear Tape File System (LTFS)

Each of these features makes tape easier to use and more convenient than ever.

If you’re currently on the market for LTO tape or considering it, LTO-6 offers a compressed capacity up to 6.25TB and a transfer rate of up to 400MB/S. Also, its Linear Tape File System helps make it one of the best long-term solutions on the planet.

Have questions about LTO tape? We would love to help answer them.

Also, we both buy your old LTO data tape media and sell LTO tape. Drop us an e-mail and we’ll help you get started and answer any questions you may have.

And yes, we definitely believe that LTO tape happens to be one of the best and most cost-effective longterm solutions on the market.

Congrats to the LTO consortium for this amazing news!

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We are often asked the question, “What is LTO Ultrium tape?” This doesn’t surprise us, as there are many organizations that are just opening their eyes to alternatives to disk-only data storage infrastructures.

LTO stand for Linear Tape-Open, or an open-format tape storage technology that was dreamt up and developed by IBM, HP, and Seagate (after a couple mergers Seagate is now Quantum.)

Basically, the term “open-format” means that users are able to use a handful of storage media products that are compatible with one another. The LTO Ultrium format is the high-capacity implementation of the technology.

The greatest thing about LTO tape is that it has gone through several impressive generations. Beginning the late 1990s, the LTO-1 offered up to 100 gigabytes of storage and a maximum transfer rate of 20 GB/s.

Fast forward to 2014 and the LTO-6 offers 2.5 TB of native data capacity and a maximum transfer rate of 160 MB/s. It is rumored that the LTO-7 will boast of 6.4 TB of native storage and a transfer rate of 315 MB/s.

Essentially, this means that massive amounts of data can be stored on the newest versions of LTO tape, making it ideal for data backups and long-term data storage.

There are a number of reasons to consider LTO tape including:

1. It is relatively inexpensive when compared to disk-only storage.

2. Data can be stored offline for 30 years and more. Tape happens to be one of the most reliable and durable mediums on the market.

3. Tape is recyclable and reusable.

4. The LTO consortium has the best interest of organizations at heart. They want to continually develop products that work together and make for the very best data infrastructure possible.

5. You can buy and sell used tape.

Looking to buy/sell new or used LTO tape? We can help you out. We’ll walk you through the entire process, and we’re always happy to answer all questions surrounding data storage.

Drop us an e-mail or give us a call to get started.

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One of the best things organizational leaders can do in today’s world is make a commitment to reducing their organization’s carbon footprint.

Unfortunately, the planet is being covered with landfills that are full of toxic waste in the form of computers, cell phones, printers, tape cartridges, and more, and the majority of companies worldwide aren’t doing much about it. Nothing good can come from the toxins that are releases into the soil and air as result of the toxins released by e-waste.

The good news is that a growing number of organizations are beginning to wake up to the problem and take steps to make a positive impact.

The following are five ways you can reduce your carbon footprint to pave the way for a healthier planet:

1. Recycle Old Computers

The majority of used computers can be recycled and used by other organizations or individuals. And if they can’t be reused for some reason, it is possible to recycle hard drives, plastics, glass monitors, CD Rom drives, Cathode Ray Tubes, copper in power chords, batteries, and more.

2. Recycle Storage Tapes & Buy Recycled Tapes

There is absolutely no reason that an organization utilizing tapes should let them be thrown into a landfill. One of the very best parts of using tape is the fact that all data can be expunged from them and they can be reused again.

If you have tape media filled with old data, you can sell and recoup some of your data storage expenses. Likewise, you can purchase recycled tapes for far less money than if you were to buy new ones.

3. Recycle Printer Cartridges

Many inkjet printer cartridges can be refilled and used up to five times. There are some companies that offer ink refilling. This will both help the environment and help you cut down your costs.

4. Cut Down on Paper Usage

Inspire your workforce to use less paper. Utilize electronic tablets, Web portals, e-invoicing, and other systems that will reduce your dependance on paper.

5. Recycle Glass and Plastics

Create a recycling program in which your employees will place their plastic and glass bottles into designated recycling bins.

Need help with any of the above? We would love to offer you suggestions. Also, we pay top dollar for used tape and other electronics. Drop us a call or an e-mail for more details.

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Are you someone who:
-Is alert to your environment
-Can meet/exceed goals
-Is able to make decisions and take action
-Is a team player and can work alone as well
-Has excellent decision making and problem solving skills

Big Data Supply, Inc. has an opening for a Production/Warehouse Technician. We are a leading eco-friendly data storage supplies company and we provide on the job training. You will learn how to recycle enterprise data storage products. Our company recycles data storage media; we also buy, sell, consign and trade computer hardware equipment. We provide a culture that values opportunity for growth, development and internal promotion. We are a small first year start-up company comprised of experienced industry professionals looking to grow the business with current and future employees.

We are looking for a self-starter who is hard working, trustworthy, reliable, who loves learning and is committed to seeing a job through.

Looking to hire 1 full-time position and 1 part-time position.

Hours 8:00am-4:00pm Monday through Friday

Please leave your contact details and answer the job line question. If you are selected we will then ask for your resume and bring you in for an interview.

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IBM has officially announced it’s proprietary General Parallel File System (GPFS) will soon easily write files to tape on cartridges through an enterprise edition of LTFS. It will be referred to as “Big Blue’s Linear Tape File System.”

As we’ve shared numerous times, LTFS allows for files to be stored in a defined location within a tape. This allows for data to be placed in folders and retrieved with ease. LTFS is currently available on LTO-5, LTO-6, and TS1140 tape.

IBM is currently developing an LTFS EE (Enterprise Edition) that offers a clear and defined link between GPFS and LTFS. There are numerous benefits to this, but the most important one is that when you put an LTFS tape in a tape library, it will be possible to import it with LTFS EE commands. The data will then show up within the GPFS filesystem.

This is possible because LTFS EE will utilize a hidden GPFS filesystem to map all data from LTFS to GPFS.

This finally offers a way for bulk GPFS data that is rarely accessed (but needs to be retained for years to come) to be stored in a cost-effective manner. In other words, storing this data offline on tape is much less expensive than utilizing disk space.

Storing Tier 2 and Tier 3 data on tape is especially ideal in today’s world, where data storage environments are growing faster than ever.

Want to learn more about LTO tape, LTFS, and other related topics? Drop us a call or an e-mail, and we’ll be happy to help!

We work with organizations of all shapes and sizes to help then create and maintain robust, cost-effective data storage environments.

This especially includes the use of tape, thanks to the advancements of the LTO consortium — which includes IBM.

We’ll keep you updated as more details within the industry emerge!

We buy excess new and used data tape media and sell new and certified data tape as well. Just give us a call!

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Qualstar, a manufacturer of data storage solutions, has released its latest line of LTO tape libraries. This comes at a time in which organizations are increasingly turning to LTO technologies for longterm storage and regular backups.

The new Qualstar library is the Q24, which offers a smaller operator console and screen than the company’s previous versions. It also offers a Web-based remote library manager that allows for admins to configure, monitor, and upgrade any library over an intranet or the Internet.

It is expected that small and midsize organizations will adopt the Q24. While the Q24 is compact, it is quite powerful and allows for easy scaling and upgrading from LTO-5 to LTO-6.

Other key features of the Qualstar Q24 include:

- 24 cartridge slots
- 12-slot magazines
- An I/O port
- One full-height or two half-height LTO-5 or LTO-6 tape drives
- Up to 150 terabytes with LTO-6 compression at 2:5:1
- 2U height x 19-inch rack mount
- Barcode comes standard. This streamlines the inventory process.

Why Consider LTO Tape?

There are numerous reasons organizations should consider LTO tape. First and foremost, it is economical. Disk-only data storage infrastructures are must more expensive.

Secondly, tape is the eco-friendly way to go. Tape can be recycled and reused. This is very important as e-waste (much of which could be reused) is thrown into landfills and/or incinerated.

Thirdly, LTO-tape is getting more powerful and is expected to become even more so in the coming years. Thanks to LTFS and the massive amounts of data each tape can store, gobs of data can be quickly stored and easily retrieved after the fact.

Finally, tape is extremely stable. It has a shelf life of 30-plus years. You can be sure you data will be safe from harm and danger at all times with LTO-tape.

How to Get Started with Tape

Have questions about LTO tape libraries? We can help steer you in the right direction. Please contact us via e-mail or phone.

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