5 Benefits of Tape Storage
Despite the persistence of the “death” of tape backup, it remains a strong, cost-effective method of ensuring that your company’s critical data is safe, accessible and secure. Tape-based backup benefits include:
- Cost Effective – Long Term
Tape storage can cost as little as several hundredths of a cent per megabyte, compared with 2 cents to 3 cents per megabyte for disk storage. The cost ratio for a terabyte stored long-term on SATA disk versus LTO-4 tape is about 23:1. (The Clipper Group: http://www.clipper.com/research/TCG2008056.pdf)
- Affordable Hardware Solution
A small company can acquire a technician-certified used tape library for under $2,000. It’s a small price to pay for the peace of mind – knowing your company’s data is secure and safe.
- Capacity for Every Need
Today’s tape storage capacities benefit businesses from SMB size to the largest entity. A company can store as little as 100 GB of data on an LTO-1 drive tape, up to 1600 GB (1.6 TB) of data on an LTO-4 drive.
- Disaster Preparedness and Recovery
Vaulting tape backups at an off-site location guard against on-site data corruption from viruses, fire, natural disasters, accidental deletions, and other data-loss issues.
- Green IT Solution
Tape consumes a fraction of the power of disk – supplier and analyst claims range between 20 and 100 times more energy efficient – a cost ratio of about 290:1 (disk:tape) according to research from The Clipper Group.
In the words of Mark Twain, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” Call Shaun or Tonny with any questions regarding tape storage at 877-786-2533 (480-921-0234 direct).
November 10, 2008 at 11:38 AM