6 Acronyms Save Data Storage Budgets

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6 proven acronyms
that record storage and data backup managers can use to reduce labor and increase revenue

Here are the top 6 ways to salvage data storage budgets and make your job much more efficient.

MAID. Ask yourself this, should data that is seldom if ever to be retrieved again sit on something constantly spinning, producing heat, and consuming precious energy resources? NO! Using MAID technology (massive array of idle disks) allows only those disk drives in active use to spin at any given time, ultimately reducing power consumption and prolonging the lives of the drives

EDD Eliminate Duplicate Data. Removal of replica data means less data to manage, faster backups, and reduces the need for more storage; reducing both capital and operational expenses.

ILM Information lifecycle management. When executed properly, ILM brings several storage tiers together to delivering the right capacity and performance for the right price making storage solutions more effective and efficient from early acquisition through every level of data management.

SSD. Solid state disk (SSD) continues to drop in cost and rise in capacity. The operational gains compared to that of physical disk storage are as great as the energy savings from not using spinning disks. Over the next few years the price of SSD will drop even more significantly, eventually turn out to be a solution for greater capacity storage needs.

SRM. Storage resource management (SRM)software lets storage administrators manage data split between multiple sites efficiently. Picture a series of files that exist in your company’s on-site storage, tape media, and at a separate off-site disaster recovery location. If you need to change a protocol to the data management of the storage, you can make the change from one screen with an SRM tool, as opposed to going to each site individually.

SWT Save with Tape. Tape is the leading advocate of low-cost storage. Let’s do some math. A StorageTek SL8500 tape library holds 8,500 tapes. An LTO-4 tape cartridge holds 800 GB natively and 1.6 TB at 2:1 compression rate. 8,500 tapes x 1.6 TB equals 13.6 petabytes of data storage. That’s a lot of storage for one small device.

Now let’s dive deeper into the cost of tape storage. A standard LTO-4 cartridge costs roughly $50 per cartridge. Let’s assume the data tape library will be around $500K, $425K for tape cartridges to hold that amount. Another $75K for about 10 tape drives to read/write the data. That’s only $1 million to store 13 petabytes of data.

The fact is, there is no condensed, more affordable alternative storage solution that to store that amount of data. Even more cost savings continue to pile up as tape media is an idle storage solution, not requiring any electricity or additional resources.


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