How to ensure your tape drives remain accessible – part one
Against the backdrop of an increasingly complex technical infrastructure, a mountain of data, and flat or decreasing budgets, cost-effectively and defensibly managing the life cycle of information continues to be a challenge for all organisations.
When managed efficiently, a well-defined life cycle incorporates the needs of the organisation and adheres to regulatory compliance, security, and litigation readiness requirements. It mitigates risk, protects information assets, and ensures continued data accessibility. When managed poorly, all data is kept and stored “just in case,” bloating IT budgets unnecessarily and increasing e-discovery risks and costs when an investigation, litigation, or merger & acquisition occurs.
What is information lifecycle management?
The Storage Networking Industry Association (www.SNIA.org) defines Information Life Cycle Management (ILM) as:
The policies, processes, practices, services, and tools used to align the business value of information with the most appropriate and cost-effective infrastructure from the time the information is created through its final disposition.
- Information is aligned with business requirements through management policies and service levels associated with applications, metadata, and data.
Interestingly, the word storage is not included in SNIA’s definition. While the definition is relevant to other technical disciplines such as assurance, security, enterprise architecture, etc., it is also designed to get organisations thinking about information management strategies, tactics, and methods.
More companies are using disk for on-site backup however, off-site tape capacity is expected to increase, due to the need to air gap backups backups because of ransomware.