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Speeding up and improving tape to keep it part of the data center

by on May 28, 2013

The march of time is constantly producing new technology and outmoding the tools that came before. This progression has had a significant impact on data creation and management, producing files faster than many firms can keep up with and building architecture that relies less on physical assets than it does on digital curation. However, as tools continue to be created, businesses are finding that they still need the their legacy solutions to ensure ongoing protection.

The future of data management
What is changing, according to Data Center Journal, is the scale at which old backup tape management ran. Nowadays, the need for fleet and efficient file tracking and continuity control resources has created an environment where older models of hardware require newer software to network their assets, control their documents and making meaningful use of archive and backup resources in the scope of modern data initiatives. File sizes now generally reside in terabyte capacities, with tiered solutions resulting in bigger data centers than ever before.

Keeping track of every individual document in this infrastructure needs to be a priority, but if firms are still operating on the same tools they used for data control in 2005, it's likely that these options are insufficient. As it stands, IBM believes that the majority of the information available today was only created within the last 2 years or so. The scale and speed at which current systems must run is well beyond the scope of a decade ago, and some deployments from even the last few years may not be able to keep up with the current momentum of big data, cloud communication and business intelligence endeavors.

Gaining more management tools
Many companies are even moving toward Flash implementation to speed up their legacy solutions, improve continuity and gain more security throughout the organization. FCW Online reported that this is an emerging trend among private and public entities, including military installations and federal agencies. These resources are cheap and easy to procure, and as compared to the cloud, they can be kept offline and controlled more directly.

Getting rid of legacy solutions like backup tape management isn't the best solution. Instead, making more meaningful, protected use of these resources can offer businesses the fluidity, flexibility and governance they need in order to properly conduct daily operations. Upgrading tape drives by adding hard disk tools and Flash-enabled drives to speed up other backup protocols and procedures can ensure that the system is being properly protected. It can also help organizations gain a better grasp of the plethora of files they have to handle today and will need to manage in the future, as big data is set to become the regular staple of corporate data operations.

New:Tue, 28 May 2013 19:00:07 -0400

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