The Truth Behind Tape and Disk Storage Costs

With energy costs at an all-time high and the economy still on unsteady ground, organizations are working to find ways to cut costs across the board. Where data storage efforts are concerned, there is an increased call for architecting systems that are both cost efficient and highly streamlined.

The current trend is to see organizations with massive data storage needs utilizing a disk/tape hybrid. By doing so, it is possible to retain data instantly via tape and make tape backups, rather than solely utilizing a disk only solution.

According to a recent Clipper Group study, over a 12 year period a disk-only is 15 times more expensive to maintain than a tape-only solution. Additionally, energy costs on a disk only solution would run about $4 million, while a tape only energy usage is estimated at $18 mere thousand.

While a tape only solution is not an option for many organizations, by utilizing tape for backups and storing them off-line, energy costs can be cut dramatically. What’s more, a disk-only data storage effort is bound to run into problems such as hacks, vicious bugs, and other issues. Disk backups can assure that all data is retrievable for years to come.

With many amazing recent advancements, tape is poised to make a tremendous impact on the market. Companies such as IBM, HP, Quantum, Oracle, and Sony are betting on the fact that more and more organizations will be turning to tape for their backup needs.

The most current version of LTO tape (the LTO-5) holds 3TB of data. Also, Oracle has released the 1 Exabyte Storage TEK T10000C Tape Drive capable of holding 1,000 tapes at a time. This coupled with its 252MB/second transfer rate makes the system amazingly powerful. For many organizations, this is considered an unlimited amount of storage for a single cost. In order to maintain the same amount of disk storage, the cost would be significantly more.

In fact, many industry leaders are betting on tape and its ability to save organizations millions of dollars, while touting the fact that disk density won’t be able to touch that of tape in the coming years.

Additionally, tape is 100 percent recyclable and can be reused after data sanitization by recycling leaders such as Recycle Your Media. This not only helps organizations purchase less-expensive recycled tapes and gain cash for recycling legacy tape.

In the end, utilizing tape for data backups is both cost-effective and secure. More information to come!

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