By Simon Watkins, Nearline Solutions Product Marketing Manager, HP Storage
A recent ESG study (1) concluded that digital tape currently commands a 38% share of overall digital archive volumes and is set to experience a six-fold increase in digital archive petabytes stored from 2010 through to 2015.
It is not hard to understand why tape will continue to play an important role in any long-term digital archiving project. Tape’s inherent low TCO, long shelf life, scalable capacity, offline security and backwards compatibility make it ideally positioned to become what one analyst (2) has eloquently described as “the digital curator of the information age.”
Meeting archiving challenges head on
Tape’s value proposition for archiving was strengthened yet further this week with HP’s announcement of a new enterprise class tape storage offering – the HP ESL G3 – designed to help you protect and archive data and content in large, complex SAN environments.
The new HP ESL G3 enterprise class tape library delivers a wealth of new benefits designed to help customers meet the challenges of archiving head on. These include flexible scalable capacity up to 15PB, enhanced data availability and reliability, simplified, powerful management and enterprise-class data security and regulatory compliance.
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A differentiated archive solution
Two features in particular differentiate the HP ESL G3 as a superior archive solution for today’s enterprise:
- Move from reactive diagnostics to proactive management of tape archives – HP TapeAssure provides proactive and predictive monitoring on the status, performance, utilization, and health of every tape drive and tape cartridge in the HP ESL G3 library. TapeAssure delivers the peace of mind that drives and tapes deployed in an archive environment have the highest integrity.
- Classify, optimize and protect your data with a consolidated archive that spans disk and tape – The ESL G3 Tape Library, in combination with the HP X9000 Network Storage System and CommVault Simpana information management software, enables you to classify, optimize and protect your data with a consolidated archive that spans disk and tape. This solution balances cost and performance through seamless and unified policy driven archiving of data across multiple storage tiers, including tape and disk.
Tape’s renaissance continues with the HP ESL G3
Tape-based data protection and long-term archiving – in combination with disk – is alive and kicking. Customer demand for tape remains strong and tape technology continues to play a crucial role in the storage hierarchy. With exciting new product introductions such as the HP ESL G3 Tape Library meeting the challenges of enterprise data growth head on as well as opening new markets and applications, particularly in the archiving space, the future of tape looks bright!
>> Read the new feature article for more details on how to meet enterprise data protection challenges head on
(1) ESG Research Report, Digital Archive Market Forecast 2010-2015, July 2010
(2) Fred Moore – President, Horison, Inc.