USING TAPE STORAGE TO SOLVE DATA MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS - A Q&A DISCUSSION

When faced with an IT decision you will likely ask a series of questions to gather decision making criteria. We posed several key questions related to tape storage to industry expert Phil Goodwin, IDC Research Director, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies. In this BlogBytes issue we will give you a preview of some of the Q&A and a link to the full discussion with Goodwin in which some of his answers may surprise you. Let’s take a look!

RANSOMWARE AND MALWARE

We asked Phil what role tape should play to help data survive a cyberattack. Right off the bat he stated that “Malware and ransomware may well be the biggest threat to serious data loss today. Attacks, leaks, and sabotage from internal bad actors are other serious threats.” Criminals are now going after the backup data so that the production data becomes even more vulnerable. He surmised that “Tape can play a critical role in recovery. Having an offsite and offline copy stored on tape – what is called an air gap – makes sure there is a copy of data that cannot be accessed by the bad guys.”

MASSIVE DATA GROWTH

Phil explained that IDC research shows that “data volume is doubling every 2-3 years [and that] most of the data created is rarely used.” He termed this infrequently accessed data as “dark data” and that it can cause a number of problems and challenges.

“If this dark data can be moved to tape, the average cost of storage per GB goes down dramatically — tape is still the lowest cost storage medium by far.“

DATA SPRAWL – CLOUD BACKUP – THE STRATEGY

“Data sprawl occurs when applications create data in different locations, usually at the core datacenter, in the cloud, and at the edge,” Phil explained. He stated that “First, cloud and tape are complementary technologies, not replacements.” Phil cautioned that “the egress fees from the cloud may make recovering large volumes of data a pricey proposition.” He described how tape can scale and can be used to restore large volumes of data in the fastest time. He expanded on how LTO tape technology can address the need for economical offline air gapped data protection.