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Tape lives: LTO-6 rolls out – with more than TWICE the capacity

Licensing specs for the sixth generation of LTO tapes should be ready in August, and make LTO-6 suitable for exabyte-level cloud archive needs. LTO is the Linear Tape Open organisation and there are three technology provider companies: HP, IBM and Quantum, with HP and IBM in the driver's seat. The LTO format has been …
Chris Mellor, 6 Jun 2012

Sony whips out new optical mass storage format

Sony has seen commercial optical data archiving systems fail one after the other: from Blu-ray to DVD and HD DVD. But the firm is either learning from its mistakes or readying itself to make new ones as it launches yet another new proprietary optical disk archiving product and format. The announcement was made at NAB, the big …
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2012
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Australia considers national digital archive

Australia's Legal Deposit requirement, which compels publishers to send copies of all books to the National Library, may be extended to digital works. The potential extension of the Legal Deposit is discussed in a new Consultation Paper issued by the Federal Attorney General's Department. The current scheme is a decidedly pre …
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Archiving and the cloud

Deep dive Cloud is everywhere. Every day we read news about new cloud applications and new cloud providers. But will it really solve all our problems? When we need more processing power or software services, we use Software as a Service (SaaS) providers. What if we need more storage space? We use Data Storage as a Service (DaaS) …
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Riverbed extends archiving to Azure, OpenStack clouds

Riverbed is stretching its Whitewater appliances – which automatically back up data to online storage clouds – to cover more clouds, and increasing the number of programs on servers that can feed data to them. The Whitewater appliances were initially launched to archive data using IBM's Tivoli Backup Recovery Media Services ( …
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SNIA Archiving for data protection in the modern data centre

Deep dive El Reg has teamed up with the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) for a series of deep dive articles. Each month, the SNIA will deliver a comprehensive introduction to basic storage networking concepts. This month the SNIA examines archiving in today's data centres. What is an archive? An archive is a collection of …
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Retaining 100 years of information

El Reg has teamed up with the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) for a series of deep dive articles. Each month, the SNIA will deliver a comprehensive introduction to basic storage networking concepts. This month the SNIA examines the idea of 100-year archives. There are different reasons for storing information …
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Plane or train? Tape or disk? Reg readers speak

You the expert Plane or train? We asked four Reg-readers with storage smarts to say where and when we should use disk-based data protection and where we should cross the line and use tape. Three did just that. The fourth identified a fourth use-case for tape and added a salutary reminder that it has to be managed; it is absolutely not a start- …
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2011
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The Bayeux Tapestry archiving model

In the town of Bayeux in northern France you can see the world's oldest information archive based on a long ribbon of material, a very early example of what was to become tape media. The 1000-year-old Bayeux Tapestry, actually an embroidery on a fine linen background, depicts a sequence of scenes telling the story of the …
Chris Mellor, 27 Mar 2011

Plane or train? Tape or disk?

You the Expert Where is the dividing line, onside of which says take the train to Paris from London and the other says fly? Where is the dividing line, one side of which says store your saved data on disk and the other points you towards tape? Plane are faster than trains, like disks are faster than tape, and budget fares are cheap, but that …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2011

HDS adds ROBO on-ramp to content platform

Hitachi Data Systems has added remote office cacheing facilities to its multi-tenant Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) archive product, and allowed tenants to sub-let with individual archive policies for the sub-lettees. HCP is HDS's archive platform, with up to 40 billion objects stored in an Ethernet cluster of ingest and …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2010

The 500 year archive

Prepare to be amazed. It is the year 1514 and you are resident in a town in south west France where you might work as a carpenter. Your house and your work room has no electricity, no running water, and no glass in the windows. You cannot read and write beyond the marks you use on wood in your work. There are no books in your …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2010
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NEC lops off HYDRAstor heads

Update NEC has shrunk its multi-node HYDRAstor grid archive down to a single node, for smaller businesses wanting their own backup and archive store in the office and not off on a cloud somewhere. The HYDRAstor HS3-210 is a 2U rack mount enclosure with four 1gigE ports and raw capacity of 4, 8, or 12TB. This translates to effective …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jun 2010
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State officials seize InPhase assets in lieu of taxes

In a final emphatic demonstration that the money has run out, holographic storage developer InPhase's premises have been seized for non-payment of taxes by the Colorado Department of Revenue. According to local reports, the state has changed the locks on the doors and announced that everything owned by InPhase, including …
Chris Mellor, 8 Feb 2010

Simpana joins the cloud crowd

CommVault has added a cloud connector to its Simpana archiving package so customers can archive data to disk or to various vaults in the sky. Simpana is a data protection and management software suite that can store deduplicated data on tape, in drive arrays and now in the cloud, what Simpana calls "far line" storage. It's …
Chris Mellor, 2 Feb 2010

Symantec dishes equal backup dedupe portions

Symantec is delivering on last year's deduplication promises by adding client/server and media server deduplication to its two backup products, NetBackup 7 and Backup Exec 2010. Backup Exec 2010 is claimed by Symantec to be the first backup and recovery product to offer granular recovery of Microsoft Exchange, SQL and Active …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2010
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EMC aggregates Centera clusters

EMC will announce the federation of separate Centera archive store clusters to form a single virtual archive later today. Customers will be able to federate up to 512 Centera nodes giving a 2.04PB raw capacity maximum. Centera Virtual Archive The capacity should jump to 4.08TB when 2TB SATA drives get supported, which they …
Chris Mellor, 2 Dec 2009

Quantum's small tape libraries get big

Quantum has entered the small tape library market with products that provide more than the everyday 2 and 4U boxes offered by everybody else. One manufacturer - BDT - makes the 24- and 48-slot entry-level LTO4 tape libraries made by Dell, HP, IBM, Overland, and Sun. Quantum has decided to forego OEM'ing the BDT boxes and has …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2009

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