During the introduction to session 3839, we were all given a disclaimer by the presenter – a disclaimer that this sessions would be a very tape heavy session. Sadly, I was hoping for some good information about the StoreOnce product. But I should have keyed in on the word archiving in the title, because the session’s core was about utilizing tape for archival and not backup purposes.
Even while disk-to-disk backup has been making huge strides for backup in recent years, tape has continued to advanced and still offers the most economical media for large data stores. Traditionally tape has not been a readily readable media since it is linear and moving from place to place takes a lot of time as tape has the wind in the cartridge, but as we found out on Friday morning, HP has not relegated tape to being past its prime.