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Skip the Disk – Send Backups Straight to Tape

All restores are not created equal, even during a disaster. The reality is that IT should not recover most mission critical systems from a backup of any kind (flash, disk or tape). Instead, IT should recover these critical systems from

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The Ultimate Tape Advantage – Cold Offsite Storage

One of the biggest advantages to integrating tape media into the backup infrastructure is the door it opens for the organization to leverage cold offsite storage. As we’ve discussed throughout this series most data occupying capacity on a disk backup

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Comparing the Price of Disk-Only Backup to Tape Integrated Backup

As discussed in our last blog, tape, when correctly integrated into the disk architecture, does not negatively impact the performance of the backup infrastructure. In fact in some cases tape improves it while also providing a more efficient, more reliable

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Is it Time to Rethink NAS for Unstructured Data?

Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems were once the primary storage destination for all unstructured data but with file-counts soaring past one billion and with machines replacing users as the primary creators of data, the industry is seemingly moving past NAS

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Comparing the Performance of Tape Integrated Protection to Disk Only Protection

When vendors compare the performance of disk backup systems with the performance of tape, they often will highlight the area in which their particular product has the biggest advantage and ignore situations where performance doesn’t matter. IT planners looking to

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How Does Tape Work in the Modern Infrastructure?

When considering integrating tape storage into their infrastructure, IT planners must consider the realities of how data is accessed. The IT planner needs to maximize tape’s strengths with the goal to store as much data as possible on tape because

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Developing an NVMe over Fibre Channel Strategy

Most All-Flash Arrays (AFA) are setup as block devices connected via a Fibre Channel (FC) Storage Area Network (SAN). The deterministic nature of FC and its inherent low latency are an ideal match for AFAs. As data centers begin to

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Reintroducing Tape to the Modern Data Center – Myth Busting Tape’s Shortcomings

To many IT professionals, tape media and tape libraries seem like an ancient technology used by the “old” IT guys. The reality is tape as a technology can be of significant value to the organization. Almost every data center is

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How to Meet the New Data Protection Requirements

Data protection, specifically the backup process, is a foundational element of most data center architectures. The requirements of that foundation though are shifting from an insurance policy that the organization hopes it rarely needs to an active component of the

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