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Backup Tape Storage Enjoys Renewed Role in the Age of Big Data

The challenge of managing massive amounts of data is leading to a renewed role for magnetic backup tape.

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We hear the term Big Data being used a lot these days – and I get the sense that everyone that uses the term is doing so to describe a slightly different thing. What that means to me is that everyone involved in business these days is struggling to find the best ways to manage ever-expanding quantities of data. I also hear a lot of arguments about the preferred method of data storage.

Here at PMI you can find all sorts of posts that talk about the benefits of LTO tape for data storage and many others who write about data storage approach things from a disk, or cloud-related perspective. The truth is, though, that most businesses should be employing a backup strategy that uses all those technologies, because each has a benefit for certain situations.

I read an interesting article that ties all this together, and I thought I would pass it along for you to read if you are interested. It’s called The Sticking Power of Tape Storage in the Age of Big Data by Brian Truskowski, the General Manager of IBM System Storage and Networking, IBM Systems and Technology Group. It appeared on, and here is a passage from it:

The challenges of 2012 are not what they were in 1952. Today, game-changing dynamics such as social media, mobile computing, regulation, and yes, Big Data, are all intersecting to create a digital traffic jam of epic proportions. By some accounts, the amount of information needed to be digitally stored will exceed 8 zettabytes by 2015. These trends and forecasts are forcing every industry to look at their storage infrastructures more carefully than ever before. And for many, tape is playing a significant, strategic and renewed role.

But to be sure, the businesses that succeed will be those that leverage the most strategic storage technologies available – from advanced tape to solid state, and from virtualization to the cloud – to increase efficiency, minimize risk, lower costs, improve access, and strengthen security. It will also be those that exploit solutions that offer greater data classification, because not all data is created equal nor does it maintain the same relevance over time.

That is the path to this new frontier of storage, this new era of smarter computing, including smarter storage.

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Greg Bussmann is the marketer and blogger here at PMI Computer Supplies. He would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below or email your feedback to him directly.

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