Combining the Best of Flash + Tape for the Ultimate Active Archive

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In this video, Khanh Ngo, IBM Spectrum Archive Development, demonstrates how combining flash and tape can deliver both high performance and high capacity storage at a low cost. Keeping just a small amount of archival data on IBM Flash Systems will accelerate restore time while placing the bulk of the data on IBM Tape using IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition lowers overall storage costs. Take a look and see why IBM is calling flash and tape the “dynamic duo”  in this high tech active archive set-up…


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Maximize The ROI of your Archive with LTFS Tape

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Intelligent, Automatic Storage Archiving with LTFS Tape
By fusing high-performance disk with Linear Tape File System (LTFS) tape archive technology, StrongLink LTFS delivers a perfect blend of economy and performance in one simple solution.Read more
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Tape Storage Council: Tape Takes Aim on Unprecedented Data Growth

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The Tape Storage Council has released its State of the Tape Industry report, which highlights the current trends, use cases, and technology innovations occurring within the tape storage industry.
With its unique benefits, tape has the greatest potential to address today’s soaring capacity demands. The role tape serves in modern data centers is quickly expanding into new markets as compelling technological advancements have made tape the most economical, highest capacity, and the most reliable and secure storage medium available.

Highlights of the report include:

  • New enterprise tape drive
  • Tape Roadmaps – LTO roadmap extended to Generation 12
  • Tape TCO calculators
  • Active Archives – addressing complexity with an intelligent data management layer
  • Growing tape capacities and data rates
  • RAIT improvements to throughput; Fault tolerance
  • RAO and TAOS – improving tape file access times
  • Key applications and demand drivers
  • Tape use cases and compelling value proposition
To access the full report, click here.
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Part 3: Video Series on Unstructured Data

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In this video Brendan Sullivan, Fred Moore and Chris Dale discuss how the future archives of legacy data on high density LTO media could be much more than they are today providing less risk, lower cost and more business value:
Watch the full video here.
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Part 2: Video Series on Unstructured Data

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In this video Brendan Sullivan, Fred Moore and Chris Dale discuss the challenges of managing unstructured data in today’s off-site storage vaults. This includes proposed and developing solutions that have been created to finally resolve the issues of remediation of data from un-cataloged environments, and how modern tape technologies can play a part in housing legacy data.
Watch the full video here.
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Part 1: Video Series on Unstructured Data

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In this video Brendan Sullivan, Fred Moore and Chris Dale discuss the IT environments that have existed over the past 30 years that have resulted in the mountains of unstructured data being backed up or archived on a plethora of different tape and data formats, and the reasons why the vaulting strategies created at the time do not serve the legacy data issues of today.

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Busting Myths and Taking Names: Fujifilm, Spectra Logic and Iron Mountain Kick Off Series on Reintroducing Tape to the Modern Data Center

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Modern tape libraries are part of an overall data management lifecycle strategy that offer many benefits including lower cost, energy savings, increased security and long-term shelf life.
We’re excited to partner with Spectra Logic and Iron Mountain on this new Storage Switzerland eBook: Reintroducing Tape to the Modern Data Center. The first chapter debunks some of the common myths of tape storage around reliability, access and operations. Read more about it here.
Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we reveal the next four chapters covering topics such as disaster recovery and backup, performance, cost, and offsite storage.
Interested in learning more on this topic? Register for our webinar 5 Reasons Modern Data Centers Need Tape on September 26th at 11:00 am EDT.
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When it Comes to Data Storage Spending, Knowing Your Total Cost of Ownership is Key

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Ever wonder if you are getting the best deal on your data storage? Understanding the total cost of ownership (TCO) is critically important to any data storage purchase decision.
Today we introduced our new TCO Calculator, an updated version of our online tool that helps IT professionals assess and compare TCO for automated tape storage, disk-based storage, and cloud-based archive storage. The new TCO Calculator raises the maximum user storage baseline from 10PB to 100PB, integrating the IBM TS4500 enterprise library using LTO-8 drives and media for initial capacities over 10PB. Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive and bulk retrieval service is now also included in cloud storage cost comparisons.
After entering data into the TCO Calculator, users can download a customizable results report which includes an executive summary, key cost assumptions, and TCO by cost category and type (e.g., energy costs, offsite costs, service fees, labor, bandwidth, etc.).
Find out how you can start saving on your data storage costs now. Access the free TCO Calculator here.
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Sustainability at FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A, Inc.

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Sometimes it seems like the green movement fades in and out of focus for many organizations. But at FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A, Inc. (FRMU) one of our primary goals is to enhance the quality of our environment and the community in which we work and live. Our sustainability initiatives play an important role in that effort through our reduction in Co2 emissions and in our efforts to use recycled and environmentally friendly materials in our own production and requiring the same of our suppliers.
The solar panel installation project at our Bedford, Massachusetts manufacturing facility began in response to a FUJIFILM corporate mission of energy conservation and Greenhouse gas reduction to address issues of climate change. With 1,870 solar modules, our solar installation has produced 2,977,000 kwh since its inception in November of 2013. That is the equivalent amount of energy used by 4,666 homes during an entire month. It is also the equivalent to a reduction of 1,787 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. Over 20 years, this would equal the carbon sequestered by 7,280 acres of U.S. forest in one year.
In addition to our solar panels, we have just recently converted to LED lighting in our manufacturing facility. By converting to LED bulbs we will reduce our carbon footprint by approximately one third, minimize daily maintenance work, decrease our UV emissions to zero and overall be more energy efficient. With over 3,000 bulbs replaced, we estimate a savings of 400,000 kwh this year!
Our Supply Chain Department has also aligned FRMU with many suppliers that complement our commitment to sustainability. Our pallet supplier is accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC® C112029). They responsibly manage their material sources while limiting clear cutting, preventing the loss of forest cover and protecting fragile forest ecologies. Our printing supplier uses Soy ink, a renewable resource, on all of our printed packaging insert cards. Soy ink is biodegradable and requires less ink for the same amount of printing. We have also reduced the size and weight of our packaging insert cards which reduces our paper consumption and waste to landfill.
We have recently sourced a more sustainable plastic for our multi-cartridge Library Packs. The plastic is called DPET and has the lowest carbon footprint in the market. The facility we source it from promotes the efficient use of water by using 100% recycled waste water. DPET requires 65% less energy to produce than conventional plastics thereby reducing Co2 emissions.

Finally, we continue to develop products and services that leverage modern data tape technology, the greenest form of data storage available consuming 70 times less energy than equivalent amounts of hard disk drive technology.
With the installation of solar panels and LED lights at our manufacturing facility, environmentally minded improvements in our packaging, FRMU remains focused on becoming more sustainable. This initiative supports our mission to enable organizations to effectively manage the world’s exponential data growth with innovative products and solutions, recognizing the social responsibility to preserve digital content for future generations.
For more information about sustainability initiatives at FRMU, visit our dedicated website at:
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Maximize Research Data Value with StrongLink

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Research data often becomes trapped in technology silos that make it difficult to collaborate across research groups. Massive data sets need effective data management to extract the business value, reduce storage costs, and accelerate tiering between storage.
StrongLink is software to manage all of your data, across any storage type.  StrongLink’s global namespace aggregates incompatible file systems and platforms for easy access, collaboration, and control. Metadata from files is automatically extracted, classified, and aggregated from multiple sources to reduce manual processes. Custom metadata types may be created on the fly without the need for database expertise, to further classify files. Metadata portability is assured, for collaboration or other uses. Streamline collaboration between groups and teams. Centrally control data protection, tiering, migration, archiving and more on multiple incompatible storage types, including instruments

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