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Small video cameras are everywhere. So are big storage cost and data protection challenges.

By Andrew Dodd, WW Marketing Communications Manager, HP Storage Media


Body Camera.jpgAs video cameras become smaller and more robust, they are starting to show up almost everywhere in daily life: for leisure, business and emergency service use. The footage captured by “dash cams” during police activities has proven to be a valuable asset, so much so that many police officers are starting to wear body cams for the same reasons. All these cameras create a substantial amount of data that forces the need to manage, maintain and protect as this data may be recalled as evidence. It needs to be “tamper proof” to protect the integrity of the content. With the new tape-as-NAS solution combined with LTO WORM, we now have a solution that can provide economical storage and integrity protection.

How are you tackling enterprise archival storage challenges?

By Simon Watkins, WW Product Marketing Manager, Backup, Recovery & Archive (BURA), HP Storage


ArchiveImage1.jpgThe challenges of managing multi-petabyte data archives just keep on coming. Unpredictable data growth. 24x7 availability demand. Infrastructure sprawl. Increasing data breach threats. And the need to contain costs. All combine to make delivering a robust enterprise data protection and retention service increasingly problematic.


The HP StoreEver ESL G3 Tape Library offers a powerful combination of capabilities designed to help you meet these challenges head on—including scalable capacity, enhanced availability and reliability, simplified yet powerful management, and enterprise class security and compliance. These capabilities were further strengthened at HP Discover earlier this month when we announced new ESL G3 enhancements for even faster archive and long-term retention. The ESL G3 has increased its performance per frame by up to 2x, now supporting up to 18 tape drives per Control Module and 24 tape drives per Expansion Module for higher performance per library. Let’s take a closer look at how the ESL G3 can help you protect and archive data and content in large, complex SAN environments.    

Cache is king for the world’s number one car auction brand

By Simon Watkins, WW Product Marketing Manager, Backup, Recovery & Archive (BURA), HP Storage


If you like storage but love cars then this blog is most definitely for you! Barrett-Jackson, producer of The World's Greatest Collector Car Auctions (TM), recently implemented an active archive solution – spanning software, disk and tape – to safeguard its ever-expanding portfolio of car auction video assets.


First, I’ll share more about Barrett-Jackson, then delve in to how HP StoreEver Tape as NAS is helping the company combine the performance benefits of disk with the economics and long-term retention value of tape.

Lies, damned lies and statistics! Making cents of on-premises and cloud storage

By Simon Watkins, WW Product Marketing Manager, Backup, Recovery & Archive (BURA), HP Storage


Twain1.jpeg“Lies, damned lies and statistics!” Mark Twain popularised this phrase in the United States to describe the persuasive power of numbers, particularly the use of statistics to bolster weak arguments.  


This quotation came to mind while reviewing a spat in the comments section of a recently published article on tape in the online publication The Register. The story quoted extensively from one of our blogs entitled: The opportunities for LTO tape in the era of Cloud and Big Data. But what appeared to generate most controversy among readers were the conflicting Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) benefit claims for tape and disk. So, in an attempt to put the record straight—and to perhaps to encourage more debate—I want to share with you the findings of a TCO model that uses published numbers to compare the economics of on-premises tape with off-site cloud for long-term archive.

How to create a winning tape format by sharing value

By Simon Watkins, WW Product Marketing Manager, Backup, Recovery & Archive (BURA), HP Storage


Open.jpgWhat really powers a winning technology open standard?

Lessons can be learned from the success of the LTO tape format. When LTO-1 was first introduced in 2000, many industry soothsayers were sceptical about its prospects. Quantum’s DLT tape format was the dominant midrange tape technology at the time and the launch of a new backward compatible “Super DLT” technology was imminent. DLT’s industry cheerleaders assumed that the combination of strong network effects and high switching costs afforded DLT a collective lock-in on the market, making it very hard to displace.


Fast forward fourteen years to 2015 and LTO is the de facto standard for tape with an installed base of more than 5 million drives and more than 250 million cartridges.* LTO technology is in its 6th generation and the LTO roadmap has been expanded through generation 10. Meanwhile, DLT and SDLT have withered on the vine with Quantum acknowledging defeat by abandoning both technologies in favour of LTO.

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