Part 3 of 3: IBM Shows How Tape Can Give Enterprises An Edge

IBM STG (Systems and Technology Group) recently held its second Edge (2013) conference in Las Vegas. A lot of exciting developments are happening right now in information technology, and IBM addressed many of them, including software-defined environments, cognitive computing, and the economics of flash storage. Still, I want to focus on one of the event’s relatively quiet announcements: how tape can be used as a true tier in the storage hierarchy to help relieve overwhelming cost burdens.

Tape can now be a true member of the storage hierarchy using LTFS, as well as technologies that enable tape to work in conjunction with it, cost effectively in an enterprise-scale IT environment. An active archive can store data that may need retrieval at some point, such as rich media or video surveillance data.

But it can also serve to store tons of presumably no-value data more cost effectively until owners reach a decision on defensively disposing of select pools of information. That serious money savings also means that you can use freed up HDDs for more important uses, such as the incoming rush of big data streams.

Yes, there are a lot of exciting developments that IT needs to work on — and IBM clearly articulated many of them at Edge 2013— but don’t ignore basic announcements, especially if they have relevance to your business.

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NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT Review.

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