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Continuing our look at tape-as-NAS options

By Mark Fleischhauer, HP StoreEver Tape Storage Solutions Engineering Manager

 

Graphic2.jpgPart 2: A closer look at tape-as-NAS – when to use disk or SSDs

In Part 2 of our series on when to use disk and when to use SSD, I’m focusing on using SSD in front of our StoreEver tape library as part of the tape-as-NAS (tNAS) solution. In Part 1, we explored how disk was the appropriate solution if you want quicker access to data that may be active for a period of time – more like a cache. Solid-state drives (SSDs) offer better read and write operation performance, lower latency, and lower power when compared to a standard spinning disk but at a greater cost. In this blog, I'll discuss how SSDs may be a better choice if your archive work flows need a “buffer” instead of a “cache.”  I'll also review what you should consider when choosing the appropriate SSD for your tNAS solution. At the end of the day, No matter what your use case demands, HP has everything you need for data archiving including HP Servers, disk storage, SSDs and HP StoreEver Tape libraries.

Labels: FLAPE| flash| SSD| StoreEver| tape| tNAS

SSDs or disk? Buffer or cache? A closer look at tape-as-NAS options

By Mark Fleischhauer, HP StoreEver Tape Storage Solutions Engineering Manager

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Part 1: A closer look at tape-as-NAS - disks

A few weeks ago I wrote about a new emerging architecture for long term data retention that combines FLash drives and tAPE called FLAPE. Flash drives, or solid-state drives (SSDs), offer better read-and-write operation performance, lower latency and lower power when compare to a standard spinning disk.

 

In traditional transactional environments, these factors make a big difference. However you may wonder how this impacts an archive work flow? In this two-part blog series, I’ll show when you may want to use a disk or an SSD depending on your archiving workflow. Part 1 focuses on disk and Part 2 focuses on SSDs.

 

Labels: FLAPE| flash| SSD| StoreEver| tape| tNAS

Combine flash and tape and what do you get? FLAPE

By Mark Fleischhauer, HP StoreEver Tape Storage Solutions Engineering Manager

 

DessertJ.jpgNo, it’s not a French dessert. It’s a new emerging storage architecture for long-term data retention that combines FLash drives and tAPE = FLAPE. Using flash, you get instant access to data that was most recently accessed or to metadata to help you quickly search your vast amounts of data that has been archived. With tape as a back-end storage platform, you have a cost-effective storage solution that blends flash performance benefits with tape economics. Let’s take a look at how HP can help you build your very own FLAPE solution.

 

 

 

Labels: FLAPE| flash| StoreEver| tape
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