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OVER TWO THIRDS OF DISK-ONLY USERS LOOK TO ADD TAPE BACK INTO STORAGE
INFRASTRUCTURE ACCORDING TO RECENT SURVEY
Survey Data Suggests that Most Companies Surveyed Are Migrating to a Tiered
Storage Infrastructure of Disk and Tape Deployments
SILICON VALLEY, CALIF.
— (March 12, 2008) —
HP, IBM Corporation and Quantum Corporation,
the three technology provider companies for the
Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Program today released
survey results that strongly suggest that storage customers that use a disk-only
infrastructure are now looking at tape storage technology as part of a tiered
storage infrastructure to support backup and archiving. Over two thirds of
surveyed businesses said they were looking to add tape storage back into their
overall network infrastructure and of those respondents, over 80-percent plan to
add tape storage solutions within the next 12 months.
The survey, which was taken in the fourth quarter of
2007, focused on the views of more than 200 network administrators and mid-level
tech specialists at mid-size to large companies throughout the United States.
"The integration of
tape storage into a tiered information infrastructure is highly
strategic for customers, due to its low cost of ownership, low energy
consumption and portability for data protection," said Cindy Grossman, Vice
President of Tape Storage Systems, IBM. "LTO
tape technology is a perfect choice for enterprise and mid-sized
customer with its proven reliability, high capacity, high performance and
ability to address data security with built-in encryption and data retention
requirements for the evolving data center."
According to the survey, 58-percent of the respondents
use a combination of disk and tape for long term archiving, 24-percent use tape
exclusively, and 18-percent employ a disk-only approach. In this group,
68-percent of the current disk-only users plan to start using tape for long-term
archiving, and over half (58-percent) plan to add tape for short-term data
"The survey findings suggest that disk-only users may be
experiencing a bit of buyer’s remorse," said David Geddes, senior vice president
at Fleishman-Hillard Research, who oversaw the study. "We found that a wide
majority of companies that employ purely disk-based approaches are looking to
tape in their backup and archiving strategies."
LTO tape technology delivers the backup and
archiving features needed by today’s storage administrators, including high
capacity, blazing performance, 256-bit drive-level encryption for data security
and WORM cartridge support to address data retention needs. With low energy
consumption, tape technology can also provide organizations with a green
alternative for the data center. Studies have shown that tape-based backup and
archiving solutions can deliver substantial TCO benefits and energy savings.
LTO format is a powerful, scalable, adaptable
open tape format developed and continuously enhanced by technology providers HP,
IBM Corporation and Quantum Corporation (and their predecessors) to help address
the growing demands of data protection in the midrange to enterprise-class
server environments. This ultra-high capacity generation of tape storage
products is designed to deliver outstanding performance, capacity and
reliability combining the advantages of linear multi-channel, bi-directional
formats with enhancements in servo technology, data compression, track layout,
and error correction.
The LTO Ultrium format has a well-defined roadmap for
growth and scalability.