Tape Storage Adoption for
Data Archiving, Long Term Data Retention Grows
Overland Storage recently conducted a nationwide survey of its
customers in the United States to learn more about how they use Overland tape
libraries. The results of the survey indicate that tape storage remains a
critical component of the data center. Half of respondents said that their
business could not manage without tape storage and 56 percent of respondents
said they keep data on disk for a month or less before moving it to tape.
Nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of respondents are using
tape storage for onsite backups and 63 percent are using tape storage for
offsite backups and disaster recovery, according to survey results, and 80
percent of respondents do not believe that archiving to the cloud will replace
"Industry analyst research, Overland Storage customer survey
data and the overall growth in the tape storage marketplace confirm that
tape-based storage remains a critical part of any data protection strategy due
to its cost of ownership, portability, lower energy consumption, long shelf
life, robust design and compact footprint advantages," said Peri Grover,
director of marketing for tape solutions at Overland Storage. Fueling the
current expansion of the tape storage market is an increased demand for flexible
solutions designed to address rapid business data growth combined with the
increasing acknowledgment of tape's cost-effectiveness over de-duplicated disk,
the report noted.
Research from analysts at IT research firm Enterprise Strategy
Group also indicates tape is the predominant storage media used for data
protection due to its portability and, from an acquisition cost perspective, its
price. As tape capacities continue to out-ship disk capacities and "the use of
tape now dominates archiving over internal disk, external disk or cloud...
tape's lead is expected to grow during the next five years, demonstrating 45
percent annual growth by 2015."
Overland also announced the availability of NEO
600s and NEO 800s, two additions to its line of automated
tape libraries aimed at offering more choices for tape deployments in the tape
storage market. NEO 600s and NEO 800s are designed to help solve data storage
protection challenges. The NEO 600s packs up to 216TB of backup and archive
capacity into a 6U form factor while NEO 800s provides up to 244TB in an 8U form
In addition to high-capacity storage, the 600s and 800s
feature multi-drive support.
Utilizing LTO-5 tape drive technology, NEO 600s and
800s allows businesses to leverage the efficiencies of new linear tape file
system (LTFS) technology. The NEO 600s and NEO 800s solutions are available with
a starting of $14,499 and are included in Overland's "Trade Up and Save"
promotion, which offers customers up to $2,000 in cash rebates for a limited