Tape: E Pluribus Archive

archiveE Pluribus Unum is Latin for “out of many, one.” It appears on the official seal of the United States and can be found on U.S. currency. According to Wikipedia, it has come to mean “out of many peoples, races, religions, languages and ancestries has emerged a single people and nation.” In this BlogBytes, we put a slight twist on the phrase by changing it to “E Pluribus Archive.” It means that out of many applications, comes one safe, cost-efficient, long-term storage option for essential data…tape!  We will explore the definition of an archive, how it differentiates itself from backup and how LTO technology is ideal for this important long-term storage practice.

What is a data archive?

Most storage experts define a data archive as a group of past records designated for long-term retention with the possibility for future reference.  As noted in a TechTarget article, one of the key differences between a backup and an archive is that a backup is always a copy (for disaster or operational recovery purposes), while an archive should be the original that is removed from its initial location and sent elsewhere for long-term retention. Archived data is information that is no longer actively used. Moving data from backup to long-term storage frees up space, which helps manage backup storage costs.

moneyHow is tape used for archive?

Businesses are using flash and disk for primary and secondary storage in a tiered implementation with tape as the ultimate backup for safekeeping. One of the many benefits is that cartridges can be easily transported to an offsite location or to seed a cloud location; protecting data in the event of a disaster at the primary site. As data becomes inactive, the original copy is removed from the backup pool to a tape archive for long-term storage and protection. Utilizing this strategy helps companies manage costs while keeping data secure. It’s time to save money by smartly managing backups and archives. With the ever increasing size of data reserves and the need to address regulations and internal policies that require keeping information long-term, a safe and cost effective storage medium is needed. LTO-7 tape has been shown to be the lowest cost form of digital storage, energy efficient and highly reliable, more reliable than enterprise disk.

Backup and Archive with Ease

Linear Tape File System (LTFS) stores files and objects without needing traditional backup software. It allows for intuitive and easy storage and access to files on tape, much like using a USB or disk drive. President of Storage Switzerland, George Crump, stated at a recent TechTarget presentation, “Now, with LTFS, it’s as easy to interact with tape as it is with any other storage device.” See LTFS user stories here.

Many implementers have incorporated LTFS into their data storage backup, archive and workflow offerings; allowing for simple and cost-effective management of the long-term preservation of information. See a list of LTFS implementers here.

ltfs liveE Pluribus Fabulous!

LTO technology and LTFS help organizations preserve and protect data assets for the long-term while conserving storage budgets. Tape can save costs, energy, data and your company. LTO tape – E Pluribus Fabulous!

See LTO-7 technology and LTFS in the LTO Program booth at the Government Video Expo, December 7-8, 2016 in Washington, D.C.