Tape Storage: Effective Backup For Modern Data Applications?

How can tape storage still be considered integral to the next generation of application backup?

Recently, Mike Piltoff, Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing at Champion Solutions Group, and Eric Herzog, Vice President of Product Marketing at IBM Storage Systems, sat down to discuss how enterprise organizations are using modernized mechanisms to back-up the large amount of information being stored and accessed in today’s emerging marketplace. One of the items they discussed was IBM Spectrum Storage, a holistic storage solution that allows companies of all sizes to intelligently archive critical data without sacrificing performance.

What is IBM Spectrum Storage?

IBM Spectrum Storage helps to simplify the storage needs of growing enterprises in a cloud-focused environment. New cloud environments are generating massive amounts of data that must be stored, analyzed, and archived. As Piltoff mentioned in this discussion, “today no data is irrelevant data.” For this reason, IBM has developed a storage solution that unlocks the power of all data, increasing an organization’s efficiency and agility in the marketplace. Spectrum Storage enhances the speed and efficiency of your data access in a number of ways, including:

  • Elastic scalability to handle big data, analytics, social, mobile, and much more
  • Utilizes open architectures that support industry standards, including Hadoop and OpenStack
  • Integrates and simplifies data protection, as well as storage management across both traditional and new applications
  • Built-in hybrid cloud support
  • Intelligent data tiering from flash to tape and to the cloud.

Uses of tape storage with today’s next-gen applications

When you think about modern applications, you’re likely not thinking of tape storage. However, thanks to Spectrum Storage, enterprise users are now able to implement tape into their overall archive protocol to access these low-cost environments as if they were on disk.

IBM Spectrum Archive incorporates the Linear Tape File System (LTFS) format which allows for the reading, writing, and exchanging of critical metadata from tape cartridges. It gives users a variety of options to access archived data quickly, and at very low costs, especially compared to flash, as well as other higher-cost storage mediums.

Don’t count tape storage out just yet thanks to advancements from IBM

It was exciting to sit down with Eric Herzog from IBM to see the ways that Big Blue is leveraging the power of tape to keep data archive costs down – without sacrificing performance. The entire discussion can be watched below:



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