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Why an untouched tape archive is not the best solution

Why an untouched tape archive is not the best solution

Reduce storage costs and make your tape archive easier to manage

Most IT budgets struggle with the current rate of data growth. Quick efficiencies in information management are essential to manage increasing loads and to support the service demands of business functions. It calls for a tricky balance of managing cost, legal risk and IT efficiency.

Unfortunately, less up-to-date backup and archive solutions are rarely up to the task. They lack the efficiencies of modern alternatives. Today’s solutions offer operational and hardware cost savings because they use less energy, require less data center /archive space, and they are easier to manage. Vendors claim floor space savings of up to 90 percent and power consumption and cooling savings of 60 percent for a typical upgrade to LTO-5 technology. The result is a cheaper, greener, consolidated IT infrastructure.

Tape migration holds the key to savings

But how do you go about moving from a proliferation of back up technologies and media types to a single, consistent and cheaper solution?

On average, we see five tape formats in every typical tape conversion. It is not unusual for 15 percent of the archive to be damaged in one way or another, or incapable of being read. This is why a successful migration path must always include safeguards such as a thorough assessment of the existing tape archive, the regulatory environment, company protocols and a data consolidation plan.

What would make your tape archive easier to manage?

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