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Why Tape now?

The value of tape storage, once commonly used for backup purposes but which has recently conceded its position to disk storage, is now being re-evaluated because of the explosive increase in data volumes around the world and various market needs. Because of the characteristics of magnetic tapes, new demand for tape storage is growing.

  • Positioning in Data Usage

    In the past, the main purpose of data archive was to store data as required by laws and regulations. Nowadays, the long-term storage of all kinds of data has begun in order to use it to create new businesses in the future, and tape storage, which is able to store data for a long time at a low cost, is being used.

  • Re-evaluation According to Business Continuity Plan (BCP)

    To assume, avoid and minimize possible future risks, tape storage, which is optimal for remote storage, is utilized as a disaster countermeasure for data management.

    * BCP: A plan defines the actions to be taken for business continuity when an unexpected event such as a natural disaster or terrorism attack occurs.

  • Changes in Data Contents

    There is a drastic increase in high value-added unstructured data, such as big data, 4K/8K/3D and other high-resolution video and images, and high performance computing (HPC) applications, etc. Tape storage is used to store a huge amount of data that cannot be compressed or deduplicated easily.

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Optimal Tape Storage in the Big Data Era

The data volume created all over the world is increasing rapidly, by 40% every year. By 2020, it is anticipated that the volume will reach 40 ZB. Tape storage is suitable for storing a large volume of data.

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Differences between Backup and Archive

We need to understand the differences and utilize them effectively in order to cope with issues such as increased data volume, digitalized content, regulatory compliance, and data usage within a limited budget.

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