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Government's Growing Need for Long-Term Storage

Government agencies at all levels are facing a challenge in the data-driven era. They need to decide what to do with their mission, operational and citizen data. What government agencies used tape storage for in the past has evolved with new compliance, regulatory, continuity of operations, cybersecurity forensics and data recovery requirements. These factors are driving a new look at a long-term archive storage tier strategy.

Let’s look at all of the ways that a true archive strategy can help government CIO’s address top data management priorities:

  • Better system performance: archiving frees up primary systems, leading to improved performance while keeping archived data available online

  • Lower operational costs: adding an archive environment lowers overall storage costs, especially those associated with the backup environment

  • Greater efficiency: having less data to manage improves operational efficiencies

  • Better analytics through big data: how agencies analyze data not readily available and using archiving to save historical data

Enter the Data-Driven World

In a recent post on Wikibon, analyst David Vellante made the case and predicted a new and evolving need for large amounts of tape storage, noting: “The combination of tape and flash will yield much better performance and substantially lower cost than spinning disk. This statement will prove true for long-term data retention use cases storing large data objects.” Tape systems have evolved significantly, improving in high availability, management, compression and tape cartridge capacity. Today’s tape archive systems are designed for large-scale data protection and archiving environments and scale up to 2.1 exabytes of data-protection capacity.

According to a report by Enterprise Strategy Group, the economics and operational value of modern tape storage as the preferred archive tier has never been better – based on reliability, speed and cost.

In the end, tape storage is simple, easy-to-use and a key element of an agency’s enterprise tiered storage and data protection strategy delivering low TCO and long term investment protection.

Tape and Cloud Tiering Storage

In the journey to the cloud, agencies find themselves faced with new opportunities to extend tiered storage strategies to leverage cloud services.  On the surface, adding cloud storage sounds like an easy tier addition. However, cloud services introduce new variables. Agencies must ensure all storage tiers provide them with maximum flexibility and data security at all levels.

To maximize ROI, support mainframe and open systems user requirements and achieve data management objectives, agencies are best advised to select an on premise, tape archive solution that provides a secure and scalable data protection solution for mainframe and heterogeneous systems with the additional capability to provide fully automated tiering directly to the public cloud.

Furthermore, and equally important, selecting a solution that is architected to seamlessly integrate with a Storage and Archive Cloud service provides storage administrators with a built-in cloud strategy. Cloud storage should be as accessible and manageable as on premise storage.

Choosing a Tape and Library Storage Solution

As the volume and value of data grows beyond online resources and backup windows, Oracle’s StorageTek tape solutions help agencies manage complexity, control costs, and deliver on service-level agreements. With enterprise tape libraries that provide 24x7 availability, StorageTek tape systems also reduce backup windows, maximize archive access, and lower total cost of ownership.

Whether on premises or in the cloud, Oracle StorageTek solutions provide a low-cost, highly efficient infrastructure for enabling data protection and archiving for government agencies. To learn more about Oracle Converged Infrastructure, please contact Amit Sharma at amitab.sharma@oracle.com. For more news, tips, and information about government technology, check out Oracle Public Sector’s Facebook page and Twitter handle.

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