Role of tape to grow thanks to innovation
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Role of tape to grow thanks to innovation

For the last 60 years, backup tape storage devices have served businesses well. In the vein of finding new uses for old tools, companies have migrated many of these resources into archival capacities, choosing to run everyday programming through rapid-recall resources like the cloud and virtual servers.

A new line of products is making tape more useful than ever, picking up speed and storing more data than ever before, putting it in line to take over where other solid-state devices currently serve. It may not be long before these devices become the primary workhorses in the office once again as tape grows faster thanks to new technology.

Hardware and software in tandem
Coming up with solutions that best fit the evolving way data is growing and changing requires tools that can store all this information. On the consumer level, the amount of privately-owned data is growing to the terabyte range, while companies struggle with much larger volumes of critical files. In order to wrangle these records, devices with greater storage capacity are essential.

Oracle recently unveiled its newest product, a StorageTek tape drive specifically scaled to meet changing enterprise data requirements. An article from V3 reported that the tape tower will store up to 640 petabytes of information in a secure environment that gives businesses peace of mind in emergencies. This tool can network with other devices, help IT personnel sort through the myriad files the company gets on a daily basis and assist with the creation of more meaningful metrics.

A combined effort
Oracle has launched this new device with a software suite specifically designed to help corporate users structure their data centers and better control assets. A release from the company stated that the StorageTek device comes with virtual storage capabilities, allowing the hardware array to gain leverage and space over its competitors. The source stated that this utility also makes recovery and archive times much faster than its competition's.

Finding ways of tapping into new and existing technology at the same time can combine the best that each has to offer, creating a device that carries more benefits for its owners. Oracle's newest offering, according to its vice president, James Cates, can provide its users with essential files more quickly than traditional tape with its virtualized capabilities, yet provides the safety and peace of mind of a solid-state resource.