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 may need to load and review data from hundreds of tapes in order to find required files.
Of course, data tapes offer the lowest cost-per-gigabyte and longest storage lifespan of any physical storage media. They’re clearly the best choice for data archives, but the benefits of tape storage can quickly erode when your enterprise needs to devote manpower and other resources to restoration.
Fortunately, many modern data tape formats like LTO-8 can be configured for indexing and easy searching. Even if your enterprise uses a legacy tape format, you have options to make your archives accessible — but ideally, you’ll build your archival strategy before you actually need to locate and restore files.
Total Data Migration can help your enterprise migrate legacy formats to indexable alternatives, dramatically limiting the long-term cost of your archives. To get started, contact us for a free consultation or read on to learn about the features of current-gen data tapes.