We are asked time and time again why refurbishing data tape media is of value to organizations. Our answer is quite simple: One of the best parts of using data tape media for data backups and storage is that it can be refurbished and reused.
Just in case you aren't familiar with the idea of data tape refurbishment, in shorter terms the process involves completely wiping used tapes of data, making sure that all laws, acts and compliance for data security and destruction are adhered to then each tape is ranked by cosmetic grade then data is taken from the RFID chip or the tape drive and checked for amount of usage, errors and then each and every tape is tested, guaranteed and given a lifetime warranty.
For example of data compliance, many of our clients must comply with HIPAA regulations and the Sarbanes-Oxley act for data storage. Our process for tape refurbishment is tailored to make sure that each and every bit of data is expunged from each tape. This requires that we use our proprietary technology for data destruction. Never do our clients have to worry about bits of data being left behind.
There are many benefits of using tape, one of which is that it can be refurbished. Thus, some of the benefits of tape include:
1. It’s eco-friendly.
2. It’s one of the most stable data storage technologies on the market.
3. It’s reliable, good as new standards.
4. It's energy-efficient
5. It’s cost-effective.
Sadly enough, only a fraction of organizations that use tape refurbish and/or recycle them. (based on studies estimated less than 3%)
At Big Data Supply, we are trying to change this. Not only are we educating our clients on how refurbishing tapes is good for the environment, we also are able to reveal how much money can be saved in the process.
There is simply no reason why used tape shouldn’t be used multiple times (MFG's state each tape is good for 100,000+ passes) -- unless of course data-filled tapes need to be stored for decades to come.
Need help with tape refurbishing?
We can help. To get started, either e-mail us or call. We will walk you through the process and work to save you both time and money.
If for any reason you decide that you don’t want to refurbish used tape cartridges, you can consider selling them within our tape buyback program. We will offer you cash for used LTO tape cartridges and numerous other technologies.
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Organizations rely on our team to oversee tape redeployment for a number of reasons. First and foremost, they understand that our services can made a major impact on their bottom line.
If you are unfamiliar with the term "Tape Redeployment," it is essentially the refurbishing of used tape that can be reused once again.
For example, say you have 1,000 tapes filled with data that isn't needed anymore and out of it's retention time. Instead of throwing the tapes into a dumpster or continuing to store them for the next decade in warehouses, we can wipe the tapes clean of all data, refurbish and repackage them, and they will be ready to be used again.
In the case that a newer data storage system is going to be put in place, our buyback program provides cash to our customers, which can be used to offset the cost of newer tape formats.
Where cost-effectiveness is concerned, our tape redeployment program:
(1) Reduces the amount of storage space needed.
(2) Cuts down manpower expenses (in the case organizations need to pay internal staff).
(3) Eliminates any fines/lawsuits associated with failing to follow regulations set by FACTA, HIPAA, SOX, etc.
(4) Compensates organizations for tape to be recycled and resold.
Beyond refurbishing and recycling, organizations also call on our team to help them unify their data tape media storage infrastructures.
For instance, it is quite common for large entities to use a combination of LTO, SDLT, 3592, T10000, and other technologies. Once a situation arises that they discover information can't be easily shared, they decide to convert data to a single, unified format.
At Big Data Supply, Inc., we take this process very seriously. To develop a comprehensive system, we work as partners to construct a comprehensive system and develop a plan to convert all data, while making sure that old tapes are completely wiped of data in the end.
The secret to your success in creating a unified data storage system is to carefully assess your goals and gain as much insight as possible on what technologies will best suit your needs.
The beauty of tape in today's world is that they can hold so much data. Our customers are often blown away when we reveal to them how much data LTO-5 and LTO-6 can hold, not to mention the massive tape libraries available on the market.
If you have any questions surrounding your own tape redeployment needs, we would be happy to answer your questions.