Has this happened to you?
My closet filled up! I was alarmed to see that my clothes closet was maxed out to its full capacity. I decided to reorganize it and use some space saving technology. The reorg included tiered shelving, stacked drawers and space saving hangers that allow you to hang multiple garments, like shirts, pants and caps, cascading from one hook. This upgraded closet was more costly than a conventional closet but did help, at least in the short run. Before I knew it, the space saving hangers filled up and the closet reached its capacity again. I was faced with an “out of space” situation.
What to do now?
Donate those items that aren’t needed. Have a yard sale. Move some items like those snazzy bell bottom jeans and polyester print shirts to the garage for long term storage just in case the disco look comes back in style!
The Data Space-saving Hanger
This situation is a microcosm similar to many organizations’ data storage environments. Laptops, SAN storage, server drives fill up, then what do we do? Delete unneeded files (donate those unwanted clothes), move some to an archive (put ‘em in the garage), and in some cases use data deduplication disk technology. Data dedupe is a data reduction technology that allows the user to store more in the same space. You could say it is the space saving hanger technology for the data closet. Like our clothes closet, it will eventually fill up, too. What then? Buy more data dedupe systems, and more and more those expenditures, along with energy costs, could go sky high and would be an inefficient use of the disk real estate, given that 80-90% of data stored is seldom (if ever) accessed. Even though you want to keep those jazzy ‘data’ jeans and shirts, they don’t need to be taking up space in the primary closet.
What can you do with bell bottom jeans?
Move those cool looking jeans and print shirts to the garage, send the equivalent data to the tape storage closet for low cost secure protection!
The LTO tape storage closet has amazing long term benefits:
- Costs less: LTO tape is less than 1 cent per gigabyte that’s only about $8 (USD) per terabyte, and it’s up to 4 times less TCO than data deduplication systems.
- High Data Integrity: LTO tape offers advanced technology including:
- Read after write verification for enhanced data reliability
- Servo systems to help ensure precision reads and writes
- Better bit error rate than disk!
- Outstanding Data Protection: a key best practice is to have system isolated data storage or off-line storage. Tape is off-line protecting against threats that can corrupt on-line data.
- Easy to use and manage:
- Tape automation has simplified the process of using tape, makes tape handling simple and requires no in-person staff to move tapes in and out of drives.
- LTFS makes tape easier to use than ever before! Tape files can be easily viewed in your OS browser and are easily accessible; it’s like using a giant memory stick. You can drag and drop files to and from the tape!
- NAS – like: With LTFS applications, tape can be used in a manner like network attached storage. See how others are using LTFS.
- Long shelf life: Tape is good for up to 30 years or more, and unlike old tape formats retentioning is not needed.
- Scalable: To increase tape storage you don’t have to add more drives or controllers, like with disk. With tape you can simply add more cartridges for nearly infinite capacity on demand.
- Green storage: Tape storage has a very small carbon footprint. Cartridges on a shelf consume no energy. Tape drives have low energy consumption while in use and especially low when idle.
- Transportable-Sharable: Cartridges are easy to ship. For example, you can put 20 LTO-6 cartridges in a box (that’s 50TB uncompressed) and ship them from New York to Los Angeles in about 15 hours over night for approximately $200 USD. That works out to an effective transfer rate of over 4TB per hour, or nearly 9 gigabits per second. That is low cost – high bandwidth in a box!
- High Performance: Tape streams very fast; for example, an LTO-6 drive is up to 400 megabytes per second compressed.
- High Capacity: LTO-6 has up to 6.25 terabytes per cartridge compressed.
Need More Space?
When your organization’s storage closet fills up, create more space for active files by moving less active files to LTO storage for reliable, low cost, long term retention.