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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Erick Bacallao joined Champion Solutions Group in 2015 after a career of Software Development in Cuba at the National Cancer Care Institute of Cuba, followed by moving to the States with allAware.


Champion acquired allAware and its properties and Erick has utilized his extensive background and expertise in IT and Software Development to rise to VP of Product Development in less than 5 years. During this time, Erick has been involved with key projects that led to the launch of numerous products including CSP Boss, Inscape platform and 365 Productivity Insights.


Erick has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Havana. He won Gold Medals for Programming from the Ministry of Education in Cuba, and he is certainly still a Gold Medalist for Champion!


As President and CEO, Chris is responsible for the development of key strategic alliances and solution portfolio. He leads Champion’s go-to market and execution strategies for integrated offerings in the cloud, in security, and in digital infrastructure, always focusing on improving the customer experience and driving transformative business outcomes.


He also aligns key partner initiatives with company strategy and oversees corporate marketing and messaging to gain mindshare with customers and partners. It’s his vision and innovativeness that have catapulted Champion up the ranks to become a $100M+ organization—and one of the most respected solution providers in the industry.


Over the past two decades, Chris has also focused on mergers and acquisitions, as well as innovative product development. He is the original founder and an active member on the Board of Managed Maintenance, Inc., a SAAS provider and consulting firm that utilizes their award-winning One-View Portal to help the IT Channel and its customers manage their IT Maintenance.


Chris is also the original founder and chief strategist behind one of the original storage cloud providers, Storage Access / BluePoint. During the course of a few short years, he had raised $20M and took that company public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. It has since been acquired by Pomeroy.


In 2012, Chris led the acquisition of MessageOps and continued the product development and worldwide launch of its premier SAAS, 365 Command. Built on Microsoft Azure, 365 Command is currently managing over 1 million seats of Microsoft’s Office 365. After achieving this phenomenal milestone, 365 Command and other MessageOps O365 utilities were sold to Kaseya.


Over the past 35 years, Chris as worked tirelessly to not only advance his own career, but those of his employees. In addition to leading a $100M organization, Chris can also be found sitting with sales teams, cold calling and coaching, and validating why Champion has been listed on Best Places to Work by both South Florida Business Journal and Computerworld.

Ultimately, the success garnered by Champion Solutions Group, its associated companies, and their employees is due in large part to the leadership of its President and CEO. Perhaps the most fitting award Chris has earned is South Florida Business Journal’s 2013 Ultimate CEO Award.