While the advance of cloud backup and archival services are often foretold to bring the days of tape media to an end, those days haven't arrived just yet. Many businesses are still reliant on tape services and the partners who offer them.
Record and data management specialist Iron Mountain's local GM of data management Paul Lamb told CRN a little about the company's tape products and services.
What tape brands and attached services do you specialise in?
From a storage perspective, we are brand neutral. Our services around tape storage include secure transportation, “helping hands” to retrieve tape a facility when customers do not have the time or staff to deal with it, and restoration and conversion of data from tape to newer tape, to other media, and to the cloud or other backup solution.
Other services include data backup and recovery offerings for servers, PC/laptops and cloud storage.
When did your company first get involved in this area?
Iron Mountain has been in the storage business for over 65 years and we store all manner of backup tape created of the last few decades.
What certifications do you have that applies to tape and backup services?
Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
Which distributor do you use?
Iron Mountain facilitates the distribution of tape in the Australian market.
Have you heard about any cool/interesting development in the backup space recently?
As more customers think about digital transformation, we see a hybrid approach to data management continuing to take shape where tape is preferred for archival storage and the cloud or disk-based solutions are used for active data.
Can you tell us about a recent tape or backup deployment you have done?
This involved the on-demand extraction, reformatting and restoration of legacy tapes to support the customer’s migration of data to cloud.
What is driving customers' tape projects?
For some it’s the need for reliable archival storage. According to Gartner, 48% of companies across the globe are still using tape as a means of backup.
An excellent long-term archival storage method and can play a role in the digital transformation of our customers’ data as they move to disk or cloud-based solutions. Tape can be stored offline in a secure, protected environment, can be the best option for ensuring you won’t fall victim to network-based cyber threats and attacks. Protection from these threats - ransomware and other attacks - requires offline data protection.