In today’s world, it is becoming more and more common for organizations to overlap disk and tape usage for their data storage structure. There are a number of reasons for this including efficiency, cost effectiveness, reliability, and more.

As you build out your data infrastructure over time, you will increasingly find that how you archive your data matters much more than what you archive or why your are archiving. The truth of the matter is that when you decide to purge data it takes A LOT of time to figure out what should go and what should stay.

What seems to make more sense for most organizations is to archive absolutely everything. By doing this, they can be sure that nothing of value is ever lost. Thus, huge repositories of data and content must be cared for and stored for years to come.

This is exactly where the tape and disk overlap occurs. Disk is normally used for primary storage and can be quite expensive to maintain. Tape on the other hand is ideal for long-lasting archives. The secret to any organization’s data storage success is to find a perfect balance.

According to InformationWeek, cost savings is definitely a huge motivation for any decision that is made. Also, data durability is a must. And you can’t leave out ease-of-use. Data needs to be able to be easily accessed.

Another key factor is scalability. One of the worst things you can do is fail to see the big picture for the future. If you can’t scale your infrastructure out, you are stuck. To become unstuck, you will surely find yourself building an entire new solution by scratch or piecing together technologies that don’t really work well together.

And finally, the very best scenario is for you to develop an infrastructure that allows for non-disruptive technology migration. It is vital that your solution allows for you to migrate non-disruptively to new component technologies as they emerge and progress.

Overall the key is to develop an infrastructure that offers long-term benefits and cost savings.

Have questions regarding your current and future infrastructure? We would love to help steer you in the right direction.

Where tape and disk are concerned, our philosophy is that they both can play an important role in assuring your data is safe for years to come and your overall infrastructure affordable. Many of our clients rely on the strategic combination of LTO magnetic tape and disk.

The beauty of new and refurbished LTO tape is that you can store massive amounts of data for very little out of pocket expense. This makes it the ideal medium for daily data archives. Plus, their stable nature makes them last for 30 years or more.
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