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Tape vs Cloud for Archive and Cold Data

As my colleague, George Crump, discussed in a previous article, “What is Better than Cloud Storage for Cold Data”, cloud storage is great for processing active data but becomes increasingly expensive for storing cold data that is seldom accessed. While

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Creating a Crawl, Walk, Run Approach to Archive

In a recent entry, “What Killed Archive?“, I discussed why most data centers don’t move inactive data from expensive storage to less expensive storage, despite a very compelling return on investment (ROI). The number one killer of the archive process

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What is Tape? – A History and a Future

Tape, as a data storage medium in computers, is a technology that is over 60 years old and was first used to backup data from a Univac I system back in 1951. It continued to be used to back up

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Why Tape still matters today

In our column, “What’s Better than Cloud Storage for Cold Data”, my colleague George Crump discussed how cloud storage can be a cost effective alternative to onsite storage for active data, but where cold data is concerned it becomes a

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Is Deduplication Useless on Archive Data?

One of the techniques that storage vendors use to reduce the cost of hard disk-based storage is deduplication. Deduplication is the elimination of redundant data across files. The technology is ideal for backup, since so much of a current copy

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Hybrid Cloud Backup 2.0

Regarding backup and disaster recovery, the cloud is ideal for getting data off-site. It is also ideal for disaster recovery thanks to the many Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) offerings on the market. The cloud is appealing because for

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Cloud in a Box – The On-site Cloud

While many companies are still developing their cloud strategy, others have jumped in with both feet and have moved most of their unstructured data to the cloud. These are organizations in the media and entertainment, online application provider, scientific processing

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