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Flash can’t Flatten Storage

At the FujiFilm Global IT Executive Summit there was a lot of discussion about data management and making sure the right data is on the right storage tier at the right time. Data management has been a core IT function

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Global IT Executive Summit – Overcoming The Tape Negatives

Each year FujiFilm sponsors the Global IT Executive Summit. This year’s event is in Boston. The focus is, of course, tape, and its goal is to convince IT professionals that tape is alive and well. Let’s be clear, Storage Switzerland’s

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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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