Vaulting: It’s Not Just for the Olympics

Posted by: bford

As technology advances, we have seen the emergence of cloud-based data storage. Although the idea of unlimited storage space may seem enticing, it comes at a price. In recent years, we have experienced a surge in data breaches and hacking attempts. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, data breaches exceeded 1,300 in 2017, as compared to less than 200 in 2005. Security concerns like this have companies turning back to a data storage technology dating back to the 1950’s: Tape Storage.

History of Tape Storage

The idea of using digital tape as a secure storage method can be traced back to over 60 years ago. In the 1950’s, tape storage took the shape of magnetic tape reels full of data that companies would store in a library on-site. However, as technology advanced, these reels became housed in smaller, more compact cartridges. The sizes have varied over the years, changing as engineers have found new ways to store more and more data in a smaller tape.

In its first iterations, a single tape could hold a mere 2.3 megabytes of data (give or take). Today, the newest tapes can hold up to 15 terabytes.

IBM and Fujifilm recently worked together to create a tape with a storage capacity of over 220 terabytes. These technologies will not be ready for public distribution for another few years, but still provide a glimpse of the long, successful future that lies ahead of the digital tape industry.

Benefits of Digital Tape Storage

Although storing data on tape may seem outdated and inconvenient at first glance, it actually offers numerous benefits that cloud-based storage cannot. First and foremost, tape storage is considerably safer than cloud-based storage, as it is protected from internet hacking. After all, it is tough to hack something that is not online.

In fact, not only are backup tapes entirely offline, but they can even be stored entirely off-site. Off-site tape storage locations provide a secure, environmentally-controlled storage option. This option not only gives you guaranteed security, but also opens up any space you may be currently using for on-site storage. In most cases, an off-site storage facility also gives you the advantage of 24/7 security monitoring of your stored data.

Choosing an off-site vendor gives you the peace of mind you deserve, so that you can focus on other urgent company matters without having to worry about the security of your data. Even better, the cost to retrieve your backup data is typically flat and can be delivered within two hours. With cloud solutions, downloading costs will often depend on speed and size, meaning the cost of retrieval is significantly higher than the upfront upload cost (which is often priced attractively).

Additionally, many argue that digital tape storage has a higher reliability rate than using other storage methods, such as hard drives. Tapes make secure transport essentially painless, and can last for more than 30 years. The technique may be aged, but if anything, it has been aged to perfection. It is just an added bonus that this technique is also one of the most cost-effective storage methods out there. When looking at terabyte storage rates, the cost of storage per terabyte is the lowest of all of the storage options available. Being both secure and cost-friendly, it is very easy to see why so many companies are turning to tape.  

The COR365 Advantage

At COR365, we offer certified tape vault storage, along with document imaging, hard-copy record storage, shredding services, and microfilm and microfiche conversions. At our secure storage facility, your data tapes will find a home in one of our climate-controlled, 4-hour fire rated vaults. All of our facilities are closely monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to ensure that your data is always protected. With both a fire suppression system and active security monitoring, we ensure that your data is safe from even the most unpredictable threats.

Additionally, our vaults provide controlled 24/7/365 access to your media and an online inventory management system for a streamlined experience. At COR365, we offer scheduled tape rotations, on-demand deliveries and pick-ups, weekend and holiday services, and long term storage options to ensure that you get what you need, when you need it.

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Overall, with the COR365 Vault Storage Advantage, you get:

  • Controlled multi-level access with surveillance cameras
  • Bar-coded inventory control
  • Web access and ordering capability
  • Climate-control for temperature and humidity
  • FM 200 fire suppression protection with a four-hour rating to withstand intense, high-temperature flames
  • Active monitoring 24/7/365

Want to Know More?

Whether you are ready to actively begin a Data Protection plan, or still have a few more questions, we’re here to help! Fill out the form below for more information, or contact us online to connect with a COR365 representative. 

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