According to a recent report by, energy consumption within a data center is becoming a prime concern. The reason for the concern surrounds rising energy costs, coupled with the massive amounts of data that are produced on a daily, monthly and yearly basis.

Additionally, years ago data center energy usage were usually lumped into general operations costs. This was until “greening your business” became a popular trend and the austerity movement became common. Organizations made every effort to track every expense and seek out ways to make cuts.

Soon IT departments were responsible for tracking each and every expense. A perfect example is eBay. The company’s IT department absorbs all data center costs, rather than having each department be responsible for their own data center expenses.

A large portion of data center costs for organizations (including eBay) center around disk storage. Even when archived data is stored on spinning disks, expenses can soar.

This is where LTO tape can make a major difference. Tape doesn’t draw power after data has been written to it — thus, storing archives offline is a huge benefit.

The beauty of tape in 2014 is that it’s bigger, more efficient, and green. Once data has been archived and stored on tape, organizations have the power to pack them away and not have to pay a dime for electricity.

Also, tape can be recycled and reused again. This is why organizations of all shapes and sizes take advantage of our tape buyback program. We pay top dollar for used tape and completely wipe them clean of data. Once the data is wiped, we resell the tapes. This is both beneficial for the environment and IT departments seeking to keep costs as low as possible.

Finally, the efficiency of LTO 5 and LTO 6 tape is quite impressive. Both versions feature the Linear Tape File System (LTFS), which allows for files to be easy accessed and easy interchange between applications.

In the end, disk uses an whopping 235 times more energy than tape. This was determined by the 2010 Clipper Group report. It is now four years later, and tape is exceeding expectations within the data storage industry.

Want to learn more about tape? We would love to answer all of your questions. Drop our team an e-mail or call, and we’ll help you find the best solutions for your specific needs.