Should You Migrate to LTO-8 or LTO-9?

Should You Migrate to LTO-8, Or Wait For LTO-9

Determining when to migrate to a new backup format isn’t always easy, particularly when you’re making that decision towards the end of a generation. This year, Linear Tape Open (LTO) 9 will launch with a greatly expanded capacity compared with LTO-8. Of course, if your business is still using older formats like LTO-7, you’re not…

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Should I Migrate Backwards-Compatible Data Tapes to New Formats?

Should I Migrate Backwards-Compatible Data Tapes to New Formats

Backwards compatibility can be extraordinarily helpful for organizations with large tape libraries. Linear Tape Open (LTO) drives can read and write tapes from the previous generation (for instance, an LTO-8 drive can use LTO-7) tapes. Prior to the 8th generation, LTO drives could also read tapes from two generations back (for instance, LTO-7 drives could…

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Ransomware Can Target Backup Tapes

Ransomware Can Target Backup Tapes

Data tapes can significantly reduce security vulnerabilities, and many businesses are turning to tape for protection against ransomware attacks. It’s a strong strategy, as air-gapped backups can allow for quick disaster recovery in a disaster. However, all backup strategies need to be assessed carefully. Modern ransomware targets backups by design. That includes all types of…

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Incinerating Data Tapes is Secure, But Expensive

Enterprise Data Tape Destruction Projects Require the Right Approach

Proper media sanitization is an important component of a well-rounded archival strategy. However, it’s not necessarily straightforward. Degaussing tapes can leave data intact, and shredding data tapes with commercial equipment isn’t a secure solution. Tape incineration is a much safer method. It’s approved by the Department of Defense and the National Security Agency, and it…

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Enterprise Data Tape Destruction Projects Require the Right Approach

Enterprise Data Tape Destruction Projects Require the Right Approach

For large enterprises, media sanitization can be a difficult prospect — particularly when the target is terabytes or petabytes of data on magnetic tape media. The goal of media sanitization is to irrevocably render all data irrecoverable, and tape cartridges have unique characteristics that become more formidable at scale. No two data tape destruction projects…

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Are Your Data Tape Archives Searchable?

Enterprises build data archives for a variety of reasons, but whether your business aims to keep long-term copies of historical data or comply with retainment obligations, your archives are only useful if they’re accessible. Older data tape formats can create issues here — many tape formats aren’t easily indexable, and without near-perfect recordkeeping, an enterprise…

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Common Data Cartridge Erasure Mistakes: Is Your Enterprise Protected?

Poor data security creates serious liabilities for any organization. Given the growing threats of ransomware, identity theft, and security-related litigation, many businesses have taken appropriate steps to safeguard their networks. Unfortunately, many of these companies still rely on outdated data erasure techniques. Software-based data deletion needs to be handled carefully, which can mean hefty costs…

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Data Tapes May Provide the Best Protection from Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware attacks continue to draw headlines — and cost world economies billions of dollars per year. In May 2021, the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack became the most high-profile case of ransomware penetration in recent memory. For the time being, the attackers won; the company reportedly paid nearly $5 million to restore the infected network. Of course,…

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Total Data Migration and Insurgo Collaboration

Insurgo and Total Data Migration (TDM) are proud to announce their partnership for tape media recycling, as TDM now utilizes the revolutionary and uniquely patented data tape erasure technology KIT® (Kills Information on Tape) and SWAT® (Securely Wipes all Tracks) created and offered by Insurgo. As the producer of this unique patented data erasure technology,…

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