Eliminating tape storage environments
See a cassette tape or VHS in stores or even in the living room of a house is quite rare today, relics of a bygone era. However, in the technology business environment, the tape still exists as part of many storage systems. Therefore, we ask the question whether it is time to say goodbye forever tape storage.
Although we moving towards the cloud, which is supposed to reduce costs and provides more control to IT, tape storage remains amid the digital disruption and even today is used in many companies for many years.
These are usually companies that operate in highly regulated industries, such as law and financial services, as the ongoing audits and possible fines for data loss lead to assume that the data must remain physically in their own facilities. However, with recent advances in cloud computing, these organizations can be reassured that their data will be safe and will maximize the benefits associated with the cloud.
Why change a good thing?
Although the film itself is cheap, it is an expensive system to protect and maintain – starting with the environmental conditions, which require that the tapes are in a dry, dark place. We analysed our client a cost that involved the rotation tape and compared them with what it would cost to remove the tape and move to the AWS cloud.
It was not only able to cut 30% of costs due to unnecessary labour, materials and recovery but could simplify data management and improve reliability and recovery of these. The quality of the tape may also decrease over time and if you work with sensitive company data is not feasible to lose a minimal amount of them.
With the speed at which data is generated, the storage facilities also dedicated to the need to grow and therefore the cost of maintaining and managing the tape increases. The growth of data is also forcing companies with tape storage systems to increase the frequency of backups, which can be time consuming and require dedicated staff, which, again, is expensive. Moreover, because the tape sequentially records data, the retrieve data can also be time consuming.
By comparison, in an environment of cloud backup, these highly regulated companies can use a single storage platform to organize continuous backups and can recover data very simply for compliance purposes or business continuity.
And what about security?
The often mistaken belief that tape storage at customer premises reduces the risk of gaps or loss of data increases, ironically, the chances of data corruption. It sounds obvious, but if something affects the physical work environment, if the data is stored in the cloud, the risk that critical information the company affected is minimized, while the ability to access this data is maximized from anywhere.
The data security is always in the mind of the IT manager, because the reality is that the rules of the game are constantly changing, and the reputation of a company depends on it.
The fact is that the cloud has become a safer environment in recent years and the data will not be protected to the maximum if it continues with tape storage. Although companies decide to store data off-site, if they are stored on tape, a high level of physical security to protect them from other threats you will still be needed.
This represents a significant financial burden for business, especially if you are trying to keep costs down. Migrate data to the cloud Office, following appropriate processes encryption and protection of information, and essentially it provides a higher level of long-term safety.
How does this affect compliance?
Another factor that companies with strong regulation seem to forget is that technology is always changing. This means that companies need to see how tape technology fits your compliance reporting systems and how it relates to their ability to archive, backup and restore data that was written on the tape years ago.
In many cases, the original tape hardware is obsolete, which means that the tapes cannot be restored with any backup solution, and that organizations can fail to be accountable to the competent authority.
In our increasingly global world, more and more companies need flexibility to meet the requirements of the industry, governments or investors. From privacy issues to data retention laws, there are a lot of complex rules that organizations must follow in order to continue to meet.
He had its time and place, but the tape is outdated and businesses must move if they want to progress and remain competitive. As the time of the cloud is gaining momentum, it is inevitable that storage also migrate, leaving finally to the tape in the past.