Once we have taken all of these elements into consideration and have a basic understanding of the technology, it is time to enter the final stage of the storage decision-making process which leads us to the big question: Should you choose tape or optical storage technology for your secondary storage requirements?
Tape technology is a tried and tested method of data back-up. It is a removable form of storage offering high capacity. Tape storage has proved itself as a secure and reliable way to store and protect your data effectively, so where is the need for optical? Optical storage is often misunderstood. It is a highly specialised technology offering faster time to data for smaller file sizes. Basically, optical tends to be used for file based access and archiving where standards require the use of WORM media is used for short-term access to files that need to be obtained quickly. When data is used less frequently, it can be moved onto tape, which is more cost effective, and has higher data capacity. Both mediums of storage can be used separately or in conjunction with the other. Most companies have data which ages and goes through ever changing access requirements from creation to archive storage.
Choosing a storage solution that suits the requirements of your organisation can be a daunting experience. Different companies operating within different sectors have many priorities to consider when managing their data. Selecting a storage solution that will protect your company’s most valuable assets should disaster occur is about evaluating the particular needs of your organisation. Storage vendors and providers should work together with their customers to bridge the gap of misunderstanding between companies and their storage needs; only then will those companies be able to benefit from the right solution to survive the ever-expanding data jungle.
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