With the continuing exponential increase of information, regulatory compliance is a big challenge for companies already seeking to reduce costs. These companies need reliable and affordable methods.
IT staff are challenged to manage the expanding tape storage hierarchy with existing resources and head count, and ensure efficient utilization and media optimization while showing consistent value to the business. Tape storage management operations have evolved by automating critical monitoring and analysis encompassing tapes, robotics, virtual tape systems, and tape management systems.
Unifying and optimizing tape management practices can reduce costs and complexity, improve support, and yield a powerful, easy-to-use solution. Users should then be able to select the “best” tape technology for their environment—without restrictions or vendor lock-in.
Tape technology remains the least expensive, most reliable option available for storing large amounts of data for long periods and an integral part of any compliance strategy, but there are several things you must first consider for compliance initiatives. Some examples include the need to reduce security threats and save money. Here are a few points to consider to help you achieve compliance objectives and protect your information while reducing the demand for management resources.
Cost-effective data storage for long-term archiving. Using tape reduces the cost of data storage by approximately 30 to 40 percent over physical disk. Even with the newest disk technologies, the cost per gigabyte on a tape cartridge is still significantly less than keeping the information on disk. Since 2002, vast improvements in tape technology have appeared, including: