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Finding the best archive solutions for tape and disk

by on February 25, 2013

Sometimes finding resources that work with your current infrastructure may seem difficult, but a lot of the time, the things you need most are right under your nose. Instead of spending an arm and a leg on migrating assets to digital or virtualized resources, improving on legacy hard disk management tools can save time and money, as well as ensuring ongoing compliance and continuity guidelines.

Archive solutions for the individuals
A top solid state storage company released a white paper detailing some of the best practices for backup tape management and media control resources. Oftentimes when companies look at their infrastructure and see these database tools in their server rooms, their knee​-jerk reaction is to say they’re ready for a hardware overhaul. The appeal of the cloud has made many embrace such ideas, but most of the time, this is an unwarranted jump to conclusions.

The source stated that it’s essential to understand the lifecycle of a tape drive, as this can dictate its natural position in the corporate database infrastructure and should trigger specific responses depending on where it is in that path. If you aren’t sure what the lifecycle is, now would be a good time to go find out precisely what that term entails, since it has a huge impact on corporate continuity. In any case, creating a graphic, spreadsheet or other means of tracking the longevity of these tools will help companies determine when, where and how to handle each tape.

Managing and anticipating
In terms of archive support, this is essential for ensuring document management and proper tape tracking guidelines are followed. Archiving of corporate files needs to occur on a regular basis and these records must be curated for a specific length of time before destruction, be it weeks, months or years.

Due to the volume of files that companies must now constantly update and maintain, predicting the future of big data and social cloud structures can help firms determine how best to manage these storage assets in the future. Keeping these resources onsite or in a solid state archive offsite will help ensure governance and continuity beyond what digital tools might, but considering a hybridized version of this infrastructure may also work for some firms.

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