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Vol. 5 No. 4 June 2006

Storage architects dare to go tapeless

REMOVING TAPE from the offsite data protection equation is no longer a brazenly reckless act. Some storage professionals are finding that when all is said and done, sending backups offsite electronically is not only easier, more secure and reliable, but just as cost-effective as shipping physical tapes. Sure, users say, tape still has a lower cost-per-gigabyte than disk, but when you add up the number of tapes you'll need in a daily tape-rotation scheme, plus replacement costs for worn or used tapes, tape's cost-per-gigabyte advantage loses ground. Tape's high price tag was one reason Steve Weatherford, IT director at Revenue Science, Bellevue, WA, got rid of it two years ago. Revenue Science analyzes customers' Web site traffic for ways to improve ad revenue and, in doing so, collects several hundred gigabytes of new Web log data daily. For security reasons, the data is kept for only 90 days. "Tape was really expensive because of the turnover of our data," says Weatherford. "Plus, if we had to delete the data for security ...

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Features in this issue

  • Deduplication extends to archives

  • Lock up data with fixed-content storage

    For most companies, fixed-content storage requirements are simple: Store the data securely, do it cheaply and provide fast access. With more data subject to external and internal audits, content-addressed storage products are becoming the preferred storage medium for long-term protection of fixed content.

  • Storage growth drives buying plans

    The results from our exclusive semi-annual Purchasing Intentions Survey are in. Storage growth is a key concern for storage managers, as additional capacity has a ripple effect that touches many other components in the storage environment.

  • Is encryption enough?

    Encrypting data at rest is definitely a reliable security measure, but it should be considered only one component of an effective storage security plan.

Columns in this issue

  • Time to think outside the box when it comes to data protection

    Storage Bin: The concept of "That's the way we've always done it" isn't going to work anymore, and it sure won't help you build an efficient disaster recovery plan. It's time to think outside the box when it comes to data protection.

  • The rise of the ultra-dense array

    by  Stephen Foskett

    Disk drives are getting smaller and smaller even as their capacities rise. Now storage vendors are packing more disks than ever into smaller spaces, which saves costly data center real estate. But the denser arrays also have a downside--higher power consumption and more heat.

  • A look at data classification products for e-discovery

    New technology products that look inside data can help you classify and manage that data more effectively. But these tools can also be leveraged for e-discovery, allowing specific data to be found and acted upon quickly to satisfy legal requirements.