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Telling the difference between backup and archive tape management

by on February 1, 2014

There's an ever-growing array of services that businesses need to avail themselves of, but making these solutions all work together takes more IT attention than just launching new software into the enterprise landscape. It's important for companies to understand that there needs to be distinction in different enterprise environments, but there also need to be means of collaboration between these interfaces. The best way to do this is by differentiating between live, backup and archive tape management.

Making distinctions
As The Register reported, it's wisest for firms to start by thinking about these aspects of corporate infrastructure as entirely separate from one another. Every system should be constructed to meet a specific set of management criteria, such as active use, disaster recovery or long term maintenance. Instead of creating a system that handles everything a little bit, it's better to deploy independent tools that can work together when necessary.

"It's all about integrity of data, the quality of the media, recoverability and so on," said Steve Mackey of Spectra Logic. "Every archiving system also has a disk cache. Archiving involves multiple different technologies."

Backup and archive tape management are two vastly different things and need to be treated as such. Once these two tools are in place, they can be networked together in a way that allows files to move from one location to another, but by locking down both assets independently, it's easier to ensure security and safety throughout the organization.

Setting the media tone
NZ Doctor added that it's wise to start these plans by picking a media type for information management. Tape tools are able to handle massive volumes of files and keep up with long term storage demands. That's what makes them so desirable for infrastructure and data control in modern business landscapes. These solutions are also more reliable than cloud or virtualization when archives are updated regularly, so finding automated tools or systems that can check for accuracy on their own can help improve performance through reduction of human error.

B&L's Archived Data Manager helps companies control their archive assets through agentless oversight and rapid extraction. This software helps cut costs and provides centralized control of tape management through an easy to use application that offers a broad depth of access options to professionals. Simplifying archive and backup solutions helps keep these services separate but still connected.

Edit:Sun, 02 Mar 2014 09:00:15 -0500

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