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ALSO CALLED: Magnetic Tape Drives, Drives
DEFINITION: A tape drive is a device that stores computer data on magnetic tape, especially for backup and archiving purposes. Like an ordinary tape recorder, a tape drive records data on a loop of flexible celluloid-like material that can be read and also erased. Tape drives work either by using a traditional helical scan where the recording and playback heads touch the tape, or linear tape technology, where  … 
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How to optimize your backup tape rotation strategy
sponsored by Quantum Corporation
WHITE PAPER: In a GFS scheme the daily backup tapes should probably be replaced each year or so and the weekly and monthly tapes (assuming the monthly tapes aren't archived) accordingly. Read this tutorial to find out so much more.
Posted: 17 Sep 2010 | Published: 17 Sep 2010

Quantum Corporation

Backup
sponsored by Panasas, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: The explosion of unstructured data and the advent of scale out NAS systems has caused backup of these systems to be an ever growing concern. This white paper describes the overall strategy for backup and restore taking into account the tape subsystem, networking, file system workload and administrative policy.
Posted: 12 Aug 2010 | Published: 12 Aug 2010

Panasas, Inc.

7 Key Steps for Overcoming the Limitations of Tape Backup
sponsored by ExaGrid Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This document is a 7-step guide for making the move from tape to disk backup with deduplication. Within these steps, the Guide provides a concise summary of the downsides of tape backup, and then examines the superiority and economy of second-generation disk backup with data deduplication.
Posted: 09 Jul 2010 | Published: 09 Jul 2010

ExaGrid Systems, Inc.

Making Cents of Tape vs. Disk: The Complete Guide on What to Choose and Why
sponsored by Nexsan
WHITE PAPER: Since the cost comparison between tape and disk is obviously far more complex than the media itself, this brief outlines all the considerations necessary for a more complete understanding of the benefit and true cost comparison between tape and disk to help IT professionals choose and justify their backup environment.
Posted: 25 Feb 2010 | Published: 23 Feb 2010

Nexsan

Automated Storage Optimization for z/OS Mainframes
sponsored by CA Technologies.
WHITE PAPER: Unifying and optimizing mainframe storage management practices under a single storage resource management (SRM) system delivers reductions in cost and administrative complexity. Read this paper to learn more about the benefits of the CA Automated Storage Optimization Mainframe Suite.
Posted: 11 Feb 2010 | Published: 11 Feb 2010

CA Technologies.

Encryption Key Management: A Technical White Paper
sponsored by Quantum Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Securing data from unauthorized access is a critical issue for businesses in all industries. Regulatory compliance and customer loyalty all depend on keeping sensitive information safe and secure. Businesses must take steps to improve data confidentiality and integrity.
Posted: 03 Feb 2010 | Published: 01 Oct 2007

Quantum Corporation

You’re Not As Backed Up As You Think
sponsored by EMC Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Learn how to overcome the challenges of traditional data backup for your small to mid-size organization and discover the benefits of implementing a Software-As-A-Service (SaaS) backup solution.
Posted: 11 Dec 2009 | Published: 11 Dec 2009

EMC Corporation

D2D Virtual Tape Library Replication Primer
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company
WHITE PAPER: With the introduction of HP Dynamic deduplication and low bandwidth replication (LBR) on HP D2D2500, D2D4000 and D2D4100 Backup Systems, the way data protection can be implemented has been transformed. This whitepaper explains the terminology and concepts behind these technologies and establishes some sizing rules through worked examples.
Posted: 17 Jul 2009 | Published: 17 Jul 2009

Hewlett-Packard Company

Total Cost Comparison of Backup Technologies: IT Decision-Maker Perspectives on NetApp SnapVault Disk-to-Disk versus Traditional Tape-Based Backup Solutions
sponsored by NetApp
WHITE PAPER: Download this exclusive article to gain insight on why a NetApp SnapVault backup system is 54% less expensive than a similar tape-based backup solution over a typical backup product lifecycle.
Posted: 09 Jan 2009 | Published: 09 Jan 2009

NetApp

The Storage Resource Guide - iSCSI SANs : An Affordable Enterprise-Class Alternative
sponsored by EqualLogic UK
WHITE PAPER: iSCSI SANs provide a cost-effective, high-performance storage environment. Download this eGuide, featuring articles from Storage magazine, to learn more about iSCSI storage and the benefits they can deliver for your company.
Posted: 31 Jan 2008 | Published: 31 Jan 2008

EqualLogic UK

Encryption Key Management: A Technical White Paper
sponsored by Quantum Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Securing data from unauthorized access is a critical issue for businesses in all industries. Regulatory compliance and customer loyalty all depend on keeping sensitive information safe and secure. Businesses must take steps to improve data confidentiality and integrity.
Posted: 29 Jan 2008 | Published: 01 Oct 2007

Quantum Corporation

The Storage Resource Guide: iSCSI SANs - An Affordable, Enterprise-class Alternative
sponsored by EqualLogic, created by Storage Magazine
WHITE PAPER: iSCSI SANs provide a cost-effective, high-performance storage environment. Download this eGuide, featuring articles from Storage magazine, to learn more about iSCSI storage and the benefits they can deliver for your company.
Posted: 22 Aug 2007 | Published: 20 Aug 2007

EqualLogic, created by Storage Magazine

S2A9550 Archive Solution Industry's Most Reliable SATA Storage Solution
sponsored by DataDirect Networks
WHITE PAPER: Across many organizations, the rapid growth of data is outpacing storage budgets. SATA disk based archive storage is the perfect solution. Download this white paper to learn more about disk based archive storage and see if it will work for you.
Posted: 18 May 2007 | Published: 01 Jul 2006

DataDirect Networks

S2A Nearline SATA Solution
sponsored by DataDirect Networks
WHITE PAPER: Looking for a solution that can balance your data and storage requirements in terms of reliability, accessibility, performance and costs? Download this white paper to learn how you can make your storage infrastructure more efficient and less expensive tod
Posted: 19 Apr 2007 | Published: 01 Jul 2006

DataDirect Networks

DLT-S4 Buffer Management - Speedmatching
sponsored by Quantum Corporation
WHITE PAPER: In the past, tape drives were considered a speed bottleneck in data backup performance. However, Quantum put those beliefs to rest by launching the market's highest capacity tape drive. Download this paper to get the details of new innovative drive.
Posted: 27 Feb 2007 | Published: 01 Apr 2006

Quantum Corporation

Best Practices in Backup Security
sponsored by Quantum Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Regardless of your organization's size, data security is becoming one of the biggest challenges in IT today. Get an overview on how to address backup security through tips and best practices.
Posted: 22 Feb 2007 | Published: 01 Apr 2006

Quantum Corporation

Native Fibre Channel Tape Drives versus SCSI-to-Fibre Channel Routers
sponsored by Quantum Corporation
WHITE PAPER: This paper will focus on the advantages and disadvantages of both native FC tape drive and SCSI-to-FC router solutions (both internal, as used in ATL Tape Libraries™, and external).
Posted: 08 Apr 2004 | Published: 01 Jan 2002

Quantum Corporation

Why Do We Like the Quantum DX30 so Much?
sponsored by Quantum Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Dorian Cougias, CEO of Network Frontiers and the author of "The Backup Book: Data Protection from Desktop to Data Center" discusses the pros and cons of disk-based backup technologies.
Posted: 20 Aug 2003 | Published: 01 Aug 2003

Quantum Corporation

Enhanced Backup: Why Quantum DX30?
sponsored by Quantum Corporation
WHITE PAPER: The job of the Quantum DX30 is to provide enhanced backup protection to the vast majority of those business applications that cannot justify being re-engineered for mirroring and/or remote replication.
Posted: 27 Feb 2003 | Published: 01 Jan 2003

Quantum Corporation

Making a Business Case for Tape
sponsored by Quantum Corporation
WHITE PAPER: This paper will review tape technology from the standpoint of this business value model.
Posted: 26 Jan 2003 | Published: 01 Jun 2002

Quantum Corporation
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TAPE DRIVES DEFINITION (continued): …  the heads never actually touch the tape. Drives can be rewinding, where the device issues a rewind command at the end of a session, or non-rewinding. Rewinding devices are most commonly used when a tape is to be unmounted at the end of a session after batch processing of large amounts of data (payroll is the classic example). Non-rewinding devices are useful for incremental backups and other applications where new files are added to the end of the previous session's files. A benefit of a tape drive backup is that tapes have a large capacity for storing data and are very economical when compared … 
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