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Tape plays an integral role in managing data inundation

by on June 28, 2013

Chances are you've noticed the growing pressure on data centers from the sheer volume of information corporate systems now have to handle on a regular basis. The rise of big data hasn't been subtle, and its impacts are being felt in organizations of all kinds, regardless of what types of infrastructure and data management they're using. However, some solutions handle these challenges better than others. As more companies come to recognize the power of backup tape management and archive data tracking software, the presence of these solutions could increase significantly across all industries.

Murphy's Law of data
For those organizations that ascribe to the school of "you can never be too careful," storing every single document that comes into corporate possession may seem like the most effective standard to take to increase the overall compliance of business solutions. It may come as a surprise to those firms that, just as deleting an essential file can cause a significant issue, hanging on to outdated or inconsequential information result in compliance fallout. Some companies like Netflix had to learn this the hard way, as the firm had to struggle through a major lawsuit and federal payout for holding on to defunct user information for too long. On the other hand, such assumptions may seem intuitive to other IT professionals, yet confusion as to how to go about sorting out irrelevant files may pose too much of a perceived challenge for these personnel to risk trying to take on the problem of backup tape management themselves. 

Network World wrote that investing in analytics and monitoring programs could easily help resolve these issues. By creating a filing system storage solution with tape assets, information can be tracked more easily and stored more affordably. Networking specialist David Hill stated that tape tools in the archive setting are better at handling the large volumes of information that big data creates, as well as making analytics and management easier for IT professionals.

Adding software like B&L's Archived Data Manager could certainly fall into this category. This solution allows for faster production catalog maintenance, improved migration from backup systems and lower eDiscovery costs. This system also helps manage inactive data, allowing for better partitioning of older files and taking the strain off of tools that need to be accessed more frequently or rapidly.

Edit:Sun, 28 Jul 2013 09:00:06 -0400

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