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Category: Tape Systems

Intelligent Data Management for the 1.8 Exabyte World

I received an interesting email last week Friday. StrongLink, a company that I am joining for a webinar on March 15, at 12 noon EDT, on intelligent data management, shared with me an almost unbelievable screenshot (pictured below.) It displayed a job from its offering that had just scanned a file store that was “1.8 EB” in size. I did a double-take to say the least. 1.8 EB?! Did I read that correctly and did it really mean a 1.8 exabyte file store?! As a matter of fact, yes, yes it did.

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Fujifilm Object Archive Software – An Optimum Solution for Digital Preservation

For digital preservation, public cloud storage does not scale effectively. Many institutions find it beneficial to implement on-premises object storage for storing their digital collections. Fujifilm Object Archive Software brings the advantages of S3-compatible object storage togther with the advantages of tape technology for an optimum solution for preserving our digital heritage.

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Digital Preservation and its Challenges

Today, nearly all vital information or expression of historical, educational, scientific, or cultural significance is created or distributed digitally through computer technology and the Internet. Where meaningful, this digital heritage needs to be preserved. Digital preservation faces threats and risks different from its analog counterparts.

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Three Facts You Must Know If You Use LTFS

One industry where the linear tape file system (LTFS) has seen the most rapid uptick in its adoption is in the media and entertainment industry. However there are three (3) cautionary notes that organizations should still keep in mind if they opt to go down the path of using LTFS to access data stored on tape.

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Five Technologies that Companies Should Prioritize in 2014

One of the more difficult tasks for anyone deeply involved in technology is the ability to see the forest from the trees. Often responsible for supporting the technical components that make up today’s enterprise infrastructures, to step back and recommend which technologies are the right choices for their organization going forward is a more difficult feat. While there is no one right answer that applies to all organizations, five (5) technologies – some new as well as some old technologies that are getting a refresh – merit that organizations prioritize them in the coming months and years.

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DCIG 2014-15 Big Data Tape Library Buyer’s Guide Now Available

DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of its DCIG 2014-15 Big Data Tape Library Buyer’s Guide that weights, scores and ranks over 80 features on more than 40 tape libraries from eight (8) different storage providers. Driven by growing corporate requirements to economically meet Big Data’s storage capacity demands, tape and tape libraries are finding new life in this environment. Like all previous DCIG Buyer’s Guides, this Buyer’s Guide provides the critical information that organizations need when selecting a tape library as they (again) come to the realization that storing data to tape long term remains a cost-effective and viable option.

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Move Your Tape Museum into the Cloud; Interview with BridgeSTOR CEO John Matze Part III

Ask any large organization how many tapes they have sitting around in local storage or at Iron Mountain or some other third party storage facility and odds are they have more tapes – and are likely spending more money storing these tapes – than they would like to admit. This opens up a unique opportunity for a third party provider to solve this dilemma. In this third part of my interview series with BridgeSTOR’s CEO John Matze, we discuss how using the BridgeSTOR VTL cloud gateway appliance organizations can move their tape museums into the cloud.

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Spectra Logic Outlines What It will Take to Transform Tape from Being an “Outie” to an “Innie”

Anyone involved with managing any serious amounts of data (and when I say “serious amounts of data,” I mean multiple PBs of data) knows that today’s disk-based storage solutions are, for the most part, not equipped to meet the diverse requirements of storing this amount of data. While still an extreme use case, a growing number of organizations have to manage PBs of data.

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