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1 WHITE PAPER WHY ORGANIZATIONS NEED LTO-6 TECHNOLOGY TODAY

2 CONTENTS Storage and Security Demands Continue to Multiply Tape Keeps Pace New Pressures, Additional Benefits Quantum as Your Technology Partner NOTICE This White Paper may contain proprietary information protected by copyright. Information in this White Paper is subject to change without notice and does not represent a commitment on the part of Quantum. Although using sources deemed to be reliable, Quantum assumes no liability for any inaccuracies that may be contained in this White Paper. Quantum makes no commitment to update or keep current the information in this White Paper, and reserves the right to make changes to or discontinue this White Paper and/or products without notice. No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or information storage and retrieval systems, for any person other than the purchaser s personal use, without the express written permission of Quantum. 2 WHITE PAPER Why Organizations Need LTO-6 Today

3 Information is constantly being added to corporate databases growing the amount of structured data. And unstructured data including , office productivity application files, images, video, and audio files are being added at unprecedented rates. As a result, there is simply much more data, many more files, and many more, larger files to store today than ever before. For years, tape storage systems have played a key role in efforts to store data for backup and retrieval, archiving, and contingency planning purposes. More recently, tape has been called upon to help preserve and safeguard data to meet data retention laws and regulations. New LTO-6 tape technology provides 6.25TB of compressed data storage per cartridge, higher throughput, enhanced security, and advanced data protection features required to do business today. The challenge is how to manage, retain, and safeguard the data volumes being generated today. New tape technology provides a solution. With a capacity to store 6.25TB of compressed data* per cartridge, the recently introduced latest generation of LTO Ultrium (Linear Tape-Open) or LTO-6 tapes offer more than twice the storage capacity of LTO-5 tapes and about four times the capacity of LTO-4 tapes. Additionally, LTO-6 tapes offer the higher throughput, enhanced security, and advanced data protection features required to do business today. STORAGE AND SECURITY DEMANDS CONTINUE TO MULTIPLY To put the data explosion issue into perspective with respect to its impact on tape, consider that even in today s current tough economic times, shipped disk storage capacity grew at a remarkable rate. All of the data being placed on that new disk capacity needs to be backed up, and much of it must also be retained for long periods of time. An indication of the data explosion in companies comes from a recent News Today Digest article. The article reported 1 on the IDC Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker, noting that in the second quarter of 2012 the disk storage systems capacity shipped reached 6,667 petabytes, an increase of 24.8 percent over the same quarter a year earlier. If disk volumes are growing at these rates, data stored on tape must also be experiencing double digital growth since the data needs to be backed up and much of it must be archived. So how should an organization best protect that data? Many companies are using diskbased systems for short-term backup and tape for long-term retention. For example, it is quite common to stage recently generated data on a disk system for fast retrieval if a file gets deleted or becomes corrupted. Such systems also provide for quick access to any backed up data, such as an or customer database. However, tape is the critical element in ensuring that data is preserved longer-term. * Compression rate 2.5:1 (LTO-6); 2:1 (other LTO) 1 Why Organizations Need LTO-6 Today WHITE PAPER 3

4 Tape is the critical element in ensuring that data is preserved longer-term. In many cases, companies use a tiered storage approach where data is progressively migrated to appropriate price/performance storage devices. And even when a tier is used for disk-based backup, companies back up that data to tape for long-term retention, archiving, and offsite safety. In addition to its use for backup and retrieval, offsite storage of data on tape is the primary element in most disaster recovery and business contingency plans. To put the value of offsite storage and the need for adequate disaster recovery into perspective, a Wall Street Journal article 2 on the subject noted that while about 25 percent of businesses do not reopen after a major disaster, the percentage doubles for companies that lack a continuity plan. There are specific regulatory mandates such as Securities and Exchange Commission regulations that require certain financial documents be retained for seven years. And businesses must keep certain financial and tax records for comparable periods to satisfy the IRS or Sarbanes-Oxley regulations in the event of an audit. There are also industryspecific regulations, such as HIPAA and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) that govern data privacy. Further, for several years, when amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect, companies have been impacted by so-called ediscovery laws. In particular, companies in litigation are now often required to produce s, documents, digital voic messages, and other files. This has compelled many companies to archive data (particularly messages) for longer periods than would have been needed in the past. TAPE KEEPS PACE New tapes and drives based on the LTO generation-6 specifications offer the high capacity and performance needed to match the growing data storage challenge faced in most companies. In all applications backup, archiving, disaster recovery, and data retention the ability to store more data on a single tape cartridge keeps costs down, while helping make tape management easier. To put the potential savings into perspective, consider that a single LTO-6 tape can store 6.25TB of data (using data compression). That s more than twice the capacity of LTO-5 tapes and about four times the capacity of LTO-4 tapes. So, significantly fewer tapes are needed to back up the same volume of data. This saves on the cost of the media and on tape management time put in by the IT staff. Naturally, as data volumes grow, the time it takes to perform a backup or archiving operation grows as well. To address this issue, LTO-6 technology offers help in two areas. First, it supports higher data throughputs. Specifically, LTO-6 drives deliver 400MB/s throughput (based on 2.5:1 data compression). In contrast, LTO-5 drives offer 280MB/s, LTO-4 drives offer 240MB/s, and LTO-3 drives offer 160MB/s. The higher throughput afforded by LTO-6 technology allows companies to complete backup and archiving jobs faster, which is important as data growth increases. This allows LTO-6 4 WHITE PAPER Why Organizations Need LTO-6 Today 2

5 drives to be deployed into an 8Gb FC network, making it easier to stream data from high-performance storage disk drive systems to tape backup. In such deployments, the higher throughout performance offered with LTO-6 drives complements the highspeed network connection. Additionally, LTO-6 technology is read- and write-compatible with LTO-5 cartridges and backward-read compatible with LTO-4 cartridges, which protects a company s investments and simplifies data migration projects. The ability to store more data on a single tape cartridge keeps costs down, while helping make tape management easier. In the future, an additional benefit will come when applications leverage another feature introduced in LTO-6 technology. That feature is the capability to partition LTO-6 media, providing enhanced file control and data indexing. This can enable nearline applications to index data on tape, facilitating data access and archiving on tape. NEW PRESSURES, ADDITIONAL BENEFITS The higher capacity and performance of LTO-6 technology clearly helps in addressing the data explosion. It also can help with the data management and protection challenges businesses face today. Most companies are trying to rein in operational costs. One area of focus for IT operations is cutting back on the use of electricity. Additionally, some companies are embracing sustainability and green initiatives that seek to reduce the amount of energy used. This focus on reduced power consumption is reviving interest in tape. The reason: spinning disks need electricity for power and cooling. One study 3 estimated that it cost about $40 a year to power and cool an average data center disk drive. Once data is stored on tape, no electricity is required to preserve it. The Clipper Group estimates that power costs associated with storing data long-term on tape are less than 1 percent the cost of storing the same data long-term on disk. Another feature of LTO-5 and LTO-6 technology is support for a technology called the Linear Tape File System (LTFS). LTFS is a tape format that allows tapes to be written in a common format so that they can be read anywhere without any application other than the open source LTFS software. It also indexes tapes and makes them searchable so the files you need can be retrieved much faster. In particular, LTO-5 and LTO-6 generation cartridges allow for at least two media partitions, which can be independently accessed to help provide faster data access and improved data management. With LTFS, one partition holds the content and the other holds the content s index. Because it is a file system, LTFS enables users to write data to tape as simply as dragging and dropping a file. All of these benefits add up to cost savings. A study 4 by the Enterprise Strategy Group found that the TCO (total cost of ownership) for a virtual tape library with deduplication ranged from about two to four times more expensive than that of an LTO tape library Why Organizations Need LTO-6 Today WHITE PAPER 5

6 Data protection and data privacy are also a concern for many companies today. Over the last two years, there have been numerous incidents where private data about employees, patients, or customers has been exposed due to lost or stolen tapes, according to the nonprofit consumer organization, the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. The organization s Chronology of Data Breaches 5 includes many banks, businesses, and healthcare providers who have experienced this problem. In such breaches, the companies faced possible bad publicity, fines, penalties, and a loss of customer confidence. A 2012 esecurity Planet article 6 quantified the risk from such data breaches. The article cited a Ponemon Institute study that found the average annualized cost of a cyber breach rose 6 percent from 2011 to The study also found that the average organizational cost of a data breach rose to $8.9 million in The LTO-4 specification incorporated native encryption technology to protect data stored on tape. LTO-6 technology continues the effort by offering the same encryption technology. In particular, LTO-6 drives encrypt data using the 256-bit AES algorithm, which is recommended by the U.S. government for the highest levels of data security. With this technology, the encryption keys are, as the name suggests, 256 bits long, making them nearly impossible to guess or crack using brute force techniques commonly employed by hackers. (The data is useless without the correct encryption key to unlock the data.) Additionally, encryption by LTO-6 drives is hardware-based, meaning companies can reap the highest levels of security without any loss of performance during the encryption process. For companies that did not make the move to either the LTO-4 or LTO-5 generation, this may be the time to upgrade to LTO-6 drives. The reason: due to the rapid growth of data breaches and identity theft over the last few years, there are now significantly more data privacy laws and regulations. For example, beyond regulations such as HIPAA, there are relatively new industry mandates such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), as well as numerous state privacy laws. Encryption is essential in meeting these regulations and laws. Additionally, many of these new regulations require special data handling procedures to ensure data is not tampered with or deleted. Similar to its encryption support, LTO-6 tapes, like LTO-3, 4, and 5, support Write Once, Read Many (WORM) technology required to pass audits and meet regulatory compliance requirements. QUANTUM AS YOUR TECHNOLOGY PARTNER For years, Quantum has been a leader in data storage, leveraging its real-world expertise in developing complete solutions. Its tape technology and systems automate data management, backup, recovery, and archiving. In early November 2012, Quantum announced availability of its tape automation systems and standalone drives based on LTO-6 technology. 6 WHITE PAPER Why Organizations Need LTO-6 Today 5 https://www.privacyrights.org/data-breach 6

7 Specifically, Quantum announced the availability of LTO-6 technology in its Scalar tape automation systems. Using new LTO-6 tape drives more than doubles compressed capacity and increases transfer rates by up to 43 percent over LTO-5 technology. As a result, Quantum s Scalar i6000 enterprise tape library can now scale to over 45PB, and a Scalar i500 midrange system over 2.5PB. The higher capacities and increased performance further enhance the role of tape in providing long-term data retention, archiving, and disaster recovery as an integral component of a broader tiered storage strategy. In addition to Scalar i6000 and i500 tape libraries with LTO-6 technology, a full range of LTO-6 autoloaders, drives, and media are also now available from Quantum. An LTO-6 supported StorNext AEL Archive will be available in early With the introduction of the LTO-6 tape solutions, Quantum libraries now offer an enhancement in high availability. To that point, the LTO-5 tape solutions allowed failover by supporting multiple paths to a switch. Quantum libraries with LTO-6 technology now allow multiple connections to a host. ABOUT LTO-6 TECHNOLOGY Features & Benefits: Performance: Up to 400MB/sec compressed transfer rate* Capacity: Up to 6.25TB compressed capacity* Security/Ease of Use: AES 256-bit data encryption security, WORM functionality, and partitioning capability Compatibility: Investment protection with two generations of backward read and one generation of backward write capability LTFS Software: Free LTFS software can be downloaded at These new offerings complement Quantum s full range of price/performance tape and disk solutions that include high-capacity media, autoloaders, tape libraries and diskbased backup systems, such as the Quantum DXi. * Assumes 2.5:1 compression. Moreover, the company has partnerships with leading backup, archiving, and data protection solutions providers. This ensures that organizations get a complete data storage solution that is tightly integrated into their data protection strategy and is easy to manage, all of which helps foster streamlined internal operations, solid data growth management, superior end-user and customer service, and bottom-line growth. For more information, visit Why Organizations Need LTO-6 Today WHITE PAPER 7

8 ABOUT QUANTUM Quantum is a proven global expert in Data Protection and Big Data management, providing specialized storage solutions for physical, virtual and cloud environments. From small businesses to major enterprises, more than 50,000 customers trust Quantum to help maximize the value of their data by protecting and preserving it over its entire lifecycle. With Quantum, customers can Be Certain they re able to adapt in a changing world keeping more data longer, bridging from today to tomorrow, and reducing costs. See how at Quantum Corporation. All rights reserved. Quantum, the Quantum logo, DXi, Scalar and StorNext are registered trademarks of Quantum Corporation and its affiliates in the United States and/ or other countries. Linear Tape-Open, LTO, the LTO Logo, Ultrium and the Ultrium Logo are registered trademarks of HP, IBM and Quantum in the US and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. WP00137A-v02 Dec 2012 Why Organizations Need LTO-6 Today WHITE PAPER 8

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