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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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LTO-6 Tape Drive Pre-Purchase Program
sponsored by Spectra Logic Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Check out this brief white paper to learn how you can gain access to the first available shipments of tape's upcoming LTO-6 release.
Posted: 09 Apr 2012 | Published: 09 Apr 2012

Spectra Logic Corporation

The Data Archive Challenge: What’s Your Game Plan?
sponsored by Horison Information Strategies
WHITE PAPER: Learn how you can overcome the challenges associated with effectively archiving information in today's data-intensive IT environments. Learn about different types of archiving strategies, discover an emerging method known as hierarchical storage management (HSM), receive a step-by-step guide for building a long-term, scalable data archive and more.
Posted: 15 Mar 2012 | Published: 15 Mar 2012

Horison Information Strategies

Clipper NotesTM: In Search of the Long-Term Archiving Solution – Tape Delivers Significant TCO Advantage over Disk
sponsored by Oracle Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Putting to rest many of the claims that tape has passed its prime, this Clipper Note from The Clipper Group confirms that tape can be an important cost-saving storage technology for long-term archiving of big files in a tiered storage architecture.
Posted: 11 Mar 2012 | Published: 07 Jun 2011

Oracle Corporation

Tape Vaulting: What You Need to Know About Tape Backup and Archiving
sponsored by Iron Mountain
PRESENTATION TRANSCRIPT: Check out this expert presentation transcript with storage industry analyst Lauren Whitehouse to learn about recent developments in tape that are keeping it relevant.
Posted: 05 Mar 2012 | Published: 05 Mar 2012

Iron Mountain

Eguide: Tape’s Reincarnation in the Cloud
sponsored by Iron Mountain
EGUIDE: Check out this E-Guide to learn whether or not tape can play a role in cloud backup and data protection operations. Discover the changing requirements of a cloud-based infrastructure, and learn how tape technology may be on track to help administrators maintain cost-effective backups.
Posted: 21 Feb 2012 | Published: 21 Feb 2012

Iron Mountain

Eguide: The State of Tape: Recent Developments in Tape
sponsored by Oracle Corporation
EGUIDE: In this SearchStorage.com E-Guide, Rich Castagna discusses the current landscape of the tape market and its role in the data center today. Read on to learn the latest trends in tape systems, advanced drives life the T10000C and where the future of tape lies.
Posted: 31 Jan 2012 | Published: 31 Jan 2012

Oracle Corporation

E-Guide: The State of Tape: Recent Developments in Tape
sponsored by Oracle Corporation
EGUIDE: In this SearchStorage.com E-Guide, Rich Castagna discusses the current landscape of the tape market and its role in the data center today. Read on to learn the latest trends in tape systems, advanced drives life the T10000C and where the future of tape lies.
Posted: 22 Dec 2011 | Published: 22 Dec 2011

Oracle Corporation

LTFS Takes Tape to the Next Level
sponsored by Horison Information Strategies
WHITE PAPER: This white paper provides an introduction to LTFS (Linear Tape File System) - you'll learn exactly how it works, and what unique advantages it has over traditional tape systems. You'll also receive key tips on how to maximize the benefits of LTFS, and learn what factors today are defining the future of tape. Read this white paper to learn more.
Posted: 16 Nov 2011 | Published: 16 Nov 2011

Horison Information Strategies

E-Guide: Choosing a Data Archiving Strategy: Disk, Tape or Both?
sponsored by Symantec Corporation
EGUIDE: Today’s organizations typically have three data archiving strategies they can choose from: disk archiving, tape archiving or a combination of both. This SearchDataBackup.com E-Guide offers insight into the advantages and disadvantages of each method, how to choose the best approach, and  the best and worst practices of data archives.
Posted: 16 Sep 2011 | Published: 16 Sep 2011

Symantec Corporation

E-Guide: Evaluating Deduplication Systems: The key considerations you don’t know about
sponsored by HP
EGUIDE: In this SearchDataBackup.com E-Guide, storage expert W. Curtis Preston discusses deduplication systems, and the steps you need to take to make sure your dedupe solution is on the right side of those two extremes, while ESG Senior Analyst Lauren Whitehouse offers insight into taking a software or hardware approach to deduplication.
Posted: 10 Aug 2011 | Published: 10 Aug 2011

HP

IBM Linear Tape File System
sponsored by IBM
MICROSITE: Built on the Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium 5 format standard, IBM Linear Tape File System provides a direct, intuitive, graphical access to data stored in IBM tape drives and libraries using LTO generation 5 tape cartridges. This eliminates the need for additional tape management software to access data.
Posted: 11 May 2011 | Published: 11 May 2011

IBM

IBM System Storage TS3500 Tape Library
sponsored by IBM
MICROSITE: The IBM System Storage TS3500 Tape Library is designed to provide a highly scalable, automated tape library for mainframe and open systems backup and archive in midrange to enterprise environments.
Posted: 11 May 2011 | Published: 11 May 2011

IBM

IBM System Storage TS1140 Tape Drive
sponsored by IBM
MICROSITE: Marketplace and customer demands require applications that rely on high capacity, fast access to data and/or long-term data retention. The IBM System Storage TS1140 Tape Drive features storage capabilities to help you establish easy, rapid access to data, better security, long-term retention and data governance and regulatory compliance.
Posted: 10 May 2011 | Published: 10 May 2011

IBM

Consolidate Storage Infrastructure and Create Greener Datacenter
sponsored by Oracle Corporation
WHITE PAPER: As data volumes grow and budgets shrink, datacenter managers are looking for ways to scale storage infrastructure and reduce operating costs. StorageTek tape drive and tape library solutions from Oracle provide the answer, helping companies grow automated tape environments without disruption, and so much more.
Posted: 25 Apr 2011 | Published: 25 Apr 2011

Oracle Corporation

Spectra Libraries with BlueScale Encryption
sponsored by Spectra Logic Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Spectra Logic offers the only truly integrated encryption option for data backed up to tape and other removable media: BlueScale Encryption. Continue reading to learn how encryption and key management is easy to implement with Spectra T-Series libraries.
Posted: 02 Mar 2011 | Published: 02 Mar 2011

Spectra Logic Corporation

E-Zine: Storage Magazine 2010 Tape Library Quality Awards
sponsored by Spectra Logic Corporation
EZINE: Spectra Logic tops both the mid-range and enterprise tape library categories in the latest Storage magazine/ SearchStorage.com Quality Awards service and reliability survey.
Posted: 02 Mar 2011 | Published: 01 Dec 2010

Spectra Logic Corporation

Manage Data Growth Even Better with Spectra T-Series and LTO-5
sponsored by Spectra Logic Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Regardless of size, most organizations face the same data management challenge—efficiently and cost-effectively protecting and managing ever-growing data. Spectra T-Series with LTO-5 offers exclusive data management and efficiencies for small businesses through to the largest Enterprises.
Posted: 02 Mar 2011 | Published: 02 Mar 2011

Spectra Logic Corporation

Presentation Download: Advanced Backup School
sponsored by Iron Mountain
PRESENTATION TRANSCRIPT: This Advanced Backup School seminar presentation is guaranteed to provide you with time-tested advice and techniques that will make backup easier. Renowned backup guru W. Curtis Preston will review the basics – but will also be going into in-depth detail on the newest issues, technologies, and solutions surrounding backup.
Posted: 26 Jan 2011 | Published: 26 Jan 2011

Iron Mountain

SGI® InfiniteStorage Data Migration Facility (DMF): Virtualizing Storage to Enable Active Archiving
sponsored by SGI
WHITE PAPER: This paper explores the benefits of Data Migration Facility (DMF) for streamlining data management for the most data-intensive environments. Usage scenarios are discussed along with the core technologies that have made DMF so successful.
Posted: 20 Dec 2010 | Published: 20 Dec 2010

SGI

Consolidate Storage Infrastructure and Create a Greener Datacenter
sponsored by Oracle Corporation UK Ltd
WHITE PAPER: As data volumes grow and budgets shrink, datacenter managers are looking for ways to scale storage infrastructure and reduce operating costs. StorageTek tape drive and tape library solutions from Oracle provide the answer, helping companies grow automated tape environments without disruption, and so much more.
Posted: 05 Oct 2010 | Published: 21 Apr 2010

Oracle Corporation UK Ltd

Oracle's StorageTek LT0-5 Tape Drive: Industry Leading Scalability
sponsored by Oracle Corporation
WHITE PAPER: This paper will discuss the advantages and industry-leading capacity of the StorageTek LTO-5 tape drive and how implementing StorageTek LTO-5 into StorageTek tape libraries will result in a significant boost in capacity that will help customers stay on top of their data growth needs.
Posted: 01 Oct 2010 | Published: 01 Jul 2010

Oracle Corporation

Consolidate Storage Infrastructure and Create a Greener Datacenter
sponsored by Oracle Corporation
WHITE PAPER: As data volumes grow and budgets shrink, datacenter managers are looking for ways to scale storage infrastructure and reduce operating costs. StorageTek tape drive and tape library solutions from Oracle provide the answer, helping companies grow automated tape environments without disruption, and so much more.
Posted: 01 Oct 2010 | Published: 01 Apr 2010

Oracle Corporation

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.
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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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