Data destruction is a hot topic of late, as organizations of all shapes and sizes are working to develop policies and practices to make sure they protect their best interests and comply with industry regulations.
When considering the best way to destroy some of your data, it should first be mentioned that it’s important to develop clear and concise rules and regulations for data storage and destruction within your organization. Failing to do so can be dangerous on many levels in today’s world.
Types of Data Destruction
There are a few forms of data destruction that are currently used including shredding, degaussing, and incineration.
Shredding and incineration result in the total destruction of a tape or disk, while degaussing sees the magnetic field of a tape reversed. Degaussing a data storage tape paves the way for a tape to be reused again.
There is absolutely no reason an organization shouldn't consider recycling used data storage tapes. Not only is it a highly SECURE process but its environmentally responsible, highly auditable and it will also put money back into your pocket.
At Big Data Supply, we offer top dollar for used tape cartridges. Instead of perfectly good tape being destroyed, we degauss them and give them a second life. This is not only lucrative for those who sell tapes, it’s also a great deal for those who can save money by investing in recycled tapes.
The Art of Meeting Industry Regulations
Leading regulatory bodies including HIPAA, SOX, Sarbane Oxley, and the SEC take the maintaining of data very seriously. As you build and grow your data storage environment, you must deeply consider the rules and regulations that are set forth by regulatory bodies.
We work daily with organizations seeking to understand how to meet industry regulations for data destruction. Have a question? We would be happy to help!
Never Throw a Single Data Storage Tape in a Dumpster
One of the worst things you can do is throw a tape or disk into a dumpster. There are countless stories of data being stolen from the trash or organizations being fined by regulatory bodies for the incorrect disposal of data. Our data tape recycling process can include volser and serial number scanning and complete chain-of-custody reporting.
Have questions about data destruction? We’d be happy to help. Please either call or e-mail us, and we’ll get you on the right track.
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It’s no secret that the data storage needs of organizations all over the globe are growing by leaps and bounds. This means that it is vital that long-term content archival and data preservation must be at the heart of organizational strategy.
To help you make the right decisions surrounding your data storage needs, we’ve compiled a handful of tips:
1. Consider LTO Tape for Storing Massive Amounts of Data
If you aren’t already aware, the LTO Consortium is continuing to impress with its newest versions of LTO tape cartridges. For instance, LTO-6 (the latest release) can store 2.5 TB on a single cartridge and boasts of a data transfer speed of 160 MBps. It also makes use of the LTFS (Linear Tape File System) for easy management of files. LTO and other tape formats are also recyclable, we buy used data tape cartridges.
2. Educate Yourself on AXF
AXF is a wrapper for a storage object. It works in a very similar manner as LTFS, allowing for files to be grouped together as they would within a file system. The coolest part of AXF is that it works with any storage technology. This means that if you’re using LTO-4, which doesn’t include LTFS, you can still easily organize data for easy retrieval.
3. Think Compatibility
One of the biggest mistakes organizations have made over the years is utilizing numerous different data storage formats and types rather than adopting standardized practices. For example, it’s quite common for one department to use one solution and another to use a completely different one.
Inevitably, at one point down the road organizations decide they want to standardize practices. This means that all data must be migrated, re-cataloged, and more -- which can be very expensive and time consuming.
4. Get the Right Technology Partners
The data storage industry is vast and quite complex.Whenever you invest in a new technology, you have just created a long lasting partnership. You’ll find yourself investing staff, time, and money into setting things up and maintaining your infrastructure as the years progress.
Make sure you invest in technologies and services that will support your needs in the future. One of the reasons we suggest LTO tape as an excellent choice for long-term archival goes far beyond its stability and ability to support massive amounts of data. We are also confident that the LTO Consortium (the organizing body behind LTO tape) will stand behind the product for years to come.
Have questions about data storage? We’d love to answer them! Drop us an e-mail or phone call, and we’ll help you get moving in the right direction.
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