A data protection plan must incorporate a copy of critical data that is stored offline and offsite. Offline data can protect from system errors, hackers and viruses. The data should also be offsite.
That way, in the event of a site-wide disaster, the offsite copy of data can be used to recover. These are part of backup and data protection best practices.
Tape works well with disk solutions to address different needs. Disk can help with fast access to data for high performance application needs. However, according to a University of California-Santa Cruz three month study, more than 90 percent of disk stored data was typically never accessed again, and another 6.5 percent was only accessed once.
This data could be stored on cost-effective tape. Tape is well-suited for this type of data, as it is a less expensive and less energy-consuming storage medium. Once data becomes infrequently accessed it should be moved to tape.
Companies can actually survive disasters by setting up procedures that can cost less than the resulting costs of large-scale data loss. For example, a large transportation company that stood in the way of Hurricane Gaston had their data center destroyed when a blocked city drain flooded their building.
The good news was that they made a tape backup of their data the night before and had it stored remotely. They’ve since implemented an even more robust procedure, which provides for no production system interruption and multiple tiers of data protection including LTO tape technology.
Production, post-production, broadcasters all require to store huge amounts of content. With limited budgets and storage space they are turning to LTO technology with LTFS. Imagine to be able to reduce your costs by 96% and your physical space by 74% while reducing your storage maintenance costs by 77%.
These are the results of a Greek TV station, by using LTO technology and LTFS they can now store three times the number of television series at 1% of the media cost.
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IT storage managers are expected to manage and protect data with constrained resources while dealing with increased expectations, tighter budgets, increased regulations and heightened security concerns. Businesses are also increasingly focused on total cost of ownership and rising energy costs.
What if you were providing services to thousands of bloggers and all of their data got wiped out. This could happen, especially if the backup plan involved one disk drive replicating its data to another drive. A system error could erase the data on one drive leading the other drive to erase the backup data as well. A big disaster if there was no offline data to restore from.
In another scenario – what if you were an organization with two servers backing each other up – and hackers were able to take out both of the site's servers, rendering all information culled from years of hard work useless. Again, if there was no offline data to provide recovery it would be disastrous.