With LTO-5, tape storage just keeps getting
When it comes to data, the more you have, the more you’re at risk. This
concern applies to companies of all sizes, from small and midsize businesses
to large enterprises. Data growth is outpacing storage capacity, and there
is a need for more cost-effective ways to manage this growth.
Tape plays a critical role in the storage strategy for
resource-constrained businesses. Combined with disk storage in a multi-tier
protection strategy, tape offers a storage solution with low total cost of
ownership. Tape is also portable, making it ideal for secure offsite and
offline backup, disaster recovery, data compliance and long-term archiving.
Tape continues to improve. New LTO-5 tape drives, tape media and
automated tape libraries offer significant efficiency gains over previous
LTO-5 is the fifth generation of the LTO Ultrium standard.
Companies using older LTO generations will find some compelling reasons to
Better performance more capacity
One of the biggest advantages of tape is its cost-effectiveness. It’s
a low-cost option for long-term storage, so it can help keep spending in
LTO-5 tape solutions can trim costs even further, without
compromising results. LTO-5 offers improved performance over previous
generations and provides better transfer rates for the price. Even with
hardware-based encryption, it can store up to 3 TB of data on a single
cartridge in less than three hours. This assumes a data compression rate
LTO-5 tape drives also provide more capacity than earlier
generations, reducing cost per gigabyte by 52 percent over LTO-3. That
means fewer cartridges to buy and less time changing tape, which is an
important benefit for data centers with limited IT staff.
Solve problems before they occurr
Earlier generations of LTO had helpful management
features that made backups run smoothly. For example, if an overnight
backup failed, an administrator would receive a notification in the
morning. That information was useful, but it put people in reactive
mode, correcting problems after they had occurred.
The HP StorageWorks LTO-5 Ultrium Tape Drive lets
businesses proactively address issues before problems occur. HP Tape
Assure software monitors the tape solution, tracking its performance and
any problems that may have occurred. The software features a real-time
dashboard with proactive alerts, helping organizations to balance
workloads across drives and media. As a result, there’s less risk of
backup failures that could lead to data loss.
Rise to the Occassion
Most IT decision makers already operate with lean
resources. That’s why, when times get tough, many feel as though there’s
nowhere left to make improvements.
The latest generation of LTO tape drives, tape media and
automated tape libraries illustrates how technology can fill the void. With
proactive management, lower cost per gigabyte, faster performance and data
encryption, HP LTO-5 solutions can help companies do more with less.