Magnetic tape happens to be one of the oldest and most reliable recording technologies ever created. It uses a spool of linearly oriented tape that is composed of several layers, including a magnetic layer, that passes under a read-write head to record binary bit info into tracks.

As time has progressed, tape cartridges have improved by leaps and bounds. Newest versions, such as the LTO-6 can be used much like disks. Data can be written and retrieved faster than ever.

Another key discovery was IBM and Fujifim’s discovery and use of barium ferrite (BaFe). It is a relatively new tape media coating technology and magnetic particle that lends to tape’s reliability, stability, and efficiency.

While there are several types of tape available, LTO tape is quickly emerging as the leader of the pack. Small, medium, and semi-large organizations are continuing to adopt LTO for data archiving and more.

According to Fujifilm, the past 12 years have seen more than 4 million LTO tape drives and nearly 200 million cartridges shipped. The LTO-6 boasts of 6.25 TB of compressed capacity and an impressive transfer rate of 400 MB/sec.

Beyond LTO tape, other popular tape formats include Oracle’s Sun/STK tape drive and cartridge (for huge organizations), the T10000C (which is much faster than LTO tape and hold quite a bit more data), and IBM’s TS1140 (which rivals Oracle’s Sun/STK in both speed and cost).

Why Tape is Not Dead

Tape isn’t dead for a number of very relevant reasons:

1. It is cost-effective. Disk only solutions tend to be much more expensive.
2. It is reliable. Tape is the most data storage medium on the market.
3. It lasts for 30 years and more. When stored in a stable environment, you can be sure that tape will last for decades.
4. It can’t be hacked. Disks can be hacked and are susceptible to bugs, while tape is stored offline and can’t be touched — unless of course a tape gets into the wrong hands.
5. Tape is recyclable.

Experts are still predicting that tape will play a much larger role in the near future. Organizations are learning the hard way that data can be wiped from disks and lost from the cloud. Backing up data on tape is a must.

Want to learn more about tape? Drop as an e-mail with your questions and we’ll answer!

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When considering the benefits of data tape media, our clients often ask for the top handful of reasons they should make the investment. The top reasons we often give include:

1. LTO is reliable and stable.
2. It’s scalable.
3. Each tape can hold a massive amount of data.
4. It now comes with LTFS for easy file management.
5. Tape is cost-effective and has used resale value

Item number five is without a doubt one of the most compelling benefits for our customers. As you are probably already aware, the costs of a data storage system can grow by leaps and bounds in a matter of weeks. When this occurs, it is quite baffling to see how quickly disk-only data storage infrastructures can become amazingly expensive.

There are several reasons tape is a cost-effective and very reliable option for data backups. The following will provide you a good idea as to tape’s true value:

Tape Allows for You to Offload Old or Useless Data
Instead of utilizing a disk-only or cloud-based data storage solution for both old and new data, you can turn to tape to offload data that isn’t accessed anymore. Tape is stored offline, which means that you’ll use significantly less electricity and not have to house massive amounts of unneeded data for very little reason.

Tape Can Get You Out of Huge Jams
A growing number of organizations are realizing the hard way that they should have been more proactive about backing up their disks. Tape has saved major organizations (such as Google, Yahoo, etc.) from major lawsuits and customer frustrations.

Disk-only data storage environments are looking for major trouble. It isn't uncommon for a disk to be hacked, hit with a bug, and more. Google has had to turn to tape backups several times when data has been completely wiped out.

It is important to expect the very worse scenario possible. Tape backups can save the day and large sums of money.

Tape Can Be Sold in Used Condition and Bought in Refurbished Condition
Tape is recyclable and can be reused. This means that you can both purchase refurbished tape for far less money than when you buy new and you can sell used tape back and earn cash.

Want to learn more about tape? Drop us an e-mail or call our offices, and we’ll answer any questions you may have.

Wondering if tape is still a viable choice today’s modern data center? According to experts in the data storage industry, tape is expanding its role far beyond supporting active archives, compliance, and data preservation.

The following are six reasons why LTO tape is growing in popularity:

1. High Multi-TB Capacity
Tape continues to grow its capacity to new heights. For example, each LTO-6 tape offers a whopping 6.25 TB of storage space. This makes tape highly cost-efficient and the perfect choice for housing massive data sets.

2. High Speed Transfer Rates
Once upon a time, tape’s transfer rates were very slow. This limited tape primarily to long-term archives of data that wouldn’t be needed unless a data emergency arose. Currently, the LTO-6 offers up to 400 MB/second. Reading and writing data is quick, easy, and effortless.

3. Linear Tape File System (LTFS)
The new and improved LTO tape filing system, known as Linear Tape File System (LTFS), allows for data to be stored and retrieved in a similar fashion as a disk drive. Gone are the days in which data would be extremely hard to locate.

4. Superior Reliability with Lowest Error Rates
Tape is without a doubt one of the most reliable forms of data storage. While disk can be easily corrupted, hacked, and even fail, tape is more secure than ever. It’s offline nature assures organizations that their data will be safe and sound for 30 years and more.

5. Lowest Total Cost of Ownership
Tape is highly cost effective. Not only is disk storage expensive from an equipment standpoint, it is also extremely expensive to maintain. By offloading some data to tape (rather than only relying on disk), organizations are lowering their data storage costs and making them more efficient.

6. Portability and Scalability
The beauty of tape is that it can be easily moved from place to place and tape libraries are easy to scale out. Where disk can be quite fickle when it comes to portability, tape is amazingly easy. Once data is written to a tape, you can be quite certain the data will be safe and sound, even if a tape (or many tapes) are moved from one location to another.

7. Tape is Recyclable
Data tape media recycling when using a reputable vendor is safe, secure, highly auditable and helps you to recoup your initial expense. Most common form of payment is cash but many IT departments for accounting purposes don't like to show income so we offer credit for new IT products and services.

Big Data Supply, Inc. is always buying excess new and used data tape media tape cartridges. All brands and all formats. Turn your excess inventory of new and used data tapes and we’ll give you cash or credit. The old practice of paying to shred your out of archive data tape media are a thing of the past. Not only is it expensive to shred your unwanted tape it's terrible for the environment and it's not a very auditable process. We offer full chain-of-custody, VolSer and serial number reporting and certificates of data destruction.

Have questions about tape? We’d love to help you out. Please e-mail or call us, and we’ll make sure you find the very best data storage solution to fit your needs.

In today’s big data world, it’s vital that all organizations pay close attention to their data storage needs - especially if video is a part of the scenario.

The common story is that videos are developed and made available 24 x 7. This puts massive demands on infrastructure. The same is true of storing large amounts of photos, customer data, and transactional data.

Here are some things to keep in mind when considering your own infrastructure:

1. Define Your Needs
We’ve mentioned time and time again the importance of knowing what you need by way of short-term and long-term storage. The more you can define and predict where you are heading in the coming months and years, the better off you will be.

2. Consider Using Less Intensive Video Types
If you are continually growing your video library, you may want to consider streaming videos in Flash and/or offering low and high-res video options.

Many organizations are using tiered storage infrastructures that help speed up access to data and make data management much easier.

3. Stick with Tape
While you may find yourself using disk for many of your data storage needs, we strongly urge you to use tape when possible and tape is an obvious choice for long term archiving.

A growing number of organizations are realizing that regular data backups to tape are cost-effective and reliable. Plus, they are discovering the power of using tape as an active archive. This allows for them to restore datasets to disk at any time.

LTO-5 and LTO-6 are excellent for active archives for numerous reasons -- but most importantly, each tape holds a massive amount of data and has an easy to use file system (LTFS) for easy organization and data retrieval.

4. Think Twice About Relying on the Cloud
It’s becoming quite clear -- the cloud offers many advantages, but without regular data backups it may be dangerous. Make sure you have a backup system in place. We also recommend tape backups in this case.

If you are using tape please tape keep in mind that we at Big Data Supply, Inc. will purchase your excess new and out of archive data tape media cartridges. Recoup some of your initial investment with this highly secure and eco-friendly recycling option.

Have questions about your emerging data infrastructure? We can help you out. Drop us an e-mail or call and we’ll steer you in the right direction!

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George Crump of Information Week reports that tape isn’t dying off anytime soon -- in fact, he predicts it will gain importance in data centers in the coming years.

“Thanks to the increased importance of economics, as well as the popularization of three tape technologies, 2013 was a very successful year for tape technology,” says Crump.

In our assessment he couldn’t be more correct. The economic factor comes down to the fact that storing massive amount so of data on tape (offline) is far less expensive than storing it on disk (online).

Even with the Cloud becoming more and more prominent in the data storage world, there is a place for tape. Earlier in 2013, Crump outlined the three roles for tape with regard to the cloud:

1. Cloud seeding.
2. Cloud recovery.
3. Cloud deep archive.

The truth of the matter is that the cloud can be susceptible to error and even failure. Backing up all data to tape assures any organization full data recovery if there are problems with the cloud.

Crump also cites “standardization” as a reason for tape’s present and future success. He points to LTO media’s importance in the majority of data centers that use tape. “The first technology that made tape more attractive in 2013 was the linear tape file system,” says Crump.

Just in case you aren’t familiar with the linear tape file system (LTFS), it allows for you to easily save and recover data -- just as you would with a hard drive. Prior to the institution of LTFS, information retrieval was time consuming -- not to mention frustrating.

In our minds, one of the most important things about tape is that it can be recycled and reused. Not only does recycling keep e-waste out of landfills, it provides a great opportunity for growing organizations to purchase tape and other equipment for far less money.

Recycling also helps organizations recoup a portion of technology investments. Big Data Supply’s tape buyback program is a perfect example. We buy used tape, completely eradicate all data on all tapes, and make them available for purchase.

Want to learn more about tape? We would be happy to answer your questions and help point you in the right direction. Give us a call or drops us an e-mail!

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We Buy New and Used Data Tape Media. LTO, 3592, AIT, QIC, ETC...

We Buy New and Used Data Tape Media. LTO, 3592, AIT, QIC, ETC...

Have you built up an extensive data tape library and need to clear some space? If you’ve been tempted to run to the nearest dumpster to get rid of them, don’t even think about it for a handful of reasons.

First and foremost, throwing tapes full of data into a dumpster can be very dangerous from a security perspective. You never know who is lurking around your trash bins and the problems they can cause with your data. It’s very possible that valuable information can be stolen and used maliciously.

For this exact reason, various industries have developed data care and destruction regulations with the help of HIPAA, SOX, Sarbanes-Oxley, and the list goes on...

Secondly, you will most likely be throwing away tape that can be recycled and reused by other parties. It isn’t good for the environment to chuck perfectly good tape into landfills or incinerate them.

Thirdly, you will be passing up the chance to take in some extra cash. This is where Big Data Supply comes in. We work with organizations and individuals around the world who understand the value of cashing in on used technologies.

Our job is to solve all of the above problems. Our streamlined tape degaussing process completely purges all data on all tapes. We then help organizations meet and exceed industry regulations for data destruction.

And to boot, we like to keep tapes out of landfills while providing others to take advantage of purchasing your data free used tape at affordable price points.

Finally, our customers win big by earning top dollar for their used tape. It’s a win-win-win -- for the seller of used tape, the environment, and the purchaser of used technologies.

To get started, all you have to do is call our offices or e-mail us at Big Data Supply. The more detail you provide, the better and more accurate quote we can provide when you sell tape.

Once you agree on the quote, we will make arrangements for picking up your tape. We’ll then make sure that all of your data is fully purged and the tapes made ready for resale.

Finally, we’ll send you a check or give you credit for new (and used) equipment.

While throwing your tape and other equipment into dumpsters may be the quick fix, we urge you to think deeply about your actions. Contact our team and we’ll help you get started on your recycling effort today!

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The Cloud, Tape and the Future of Data Storage...

The Cloud, Tape and the Future of Data Storage...

According to Spectra Logic chief technology officer Matt Starr, the science of securing yesterday’s, today’s, and tomorrow’s data has officially become quite complex. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach for the world’s organizations.

The days of storing data in megabytes and gigabytes is long gone – now some organizations are storing petabytes (equal to one million gigabytes) and even exabytes (one billion gigabytes) of data within their archives.

To effectively store data, some companies are turning to cloud-based solutions. When considering the cloud, many think of it as a magic solution – forgetting that “the cloud” also relies on hardware utilized by a cloud vendor.

Starr explains that transferring data into the cloud can be a time consuming pursuit. “You can’t move petabytes across the wire.”

Many organizations are learning this the hard way. Plus, costs can mount quickly. This is why LTO tape is still alive and well. With its new file system, LTFS (Linear Tape File System), it is possible to write massive amounts of data in a short amount of time.

Even in the case that organizations are relying on the cloud, they are thankful to learn that data can be written to an LTO tape and shipped to a cloud provider. “They ingest those tapes and, voila—your data is now in the cloud,” says Starr.

And then there is recovery… relying on disk and/or the cloud doesn’t provide security against data being completely wiped out. Tape stored offline assures that data can be recovered against all odds. Thus, hybrid solutions for data storage are becoming the norm.

Starr predicts in the coming years “the solution is to move into an archive environment.” This means that instead of storing data that is rarely used on a primary drive, it will be deleted from local servers and moved into an archived tape-centric environment. If for any reason specific data is needed again, it can be brought back to live storage. The key is that valuable space isn’t gobbled up by data that is meaningless or presently insignificant.

And finally, one can’t overlook the importance of recycling and reusing data storage equipment. Because data storage environments are ever growing and evolving, it is vital that organizations become more aware of how to capitalize on recycling services.
The future must see organizations get creative with their data storage environments – developing a system that cost-effective, efficient, and environmentally-friendly.

Learn how Big Data Supply can help you attain all three of these goals!

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