3data company, Fujifilm and Mastertel are launching a joint commercial «hierarchical» service of archival and backup data storage ArcTape based on using IBM Tape Library and IBM Spectrum Storage. The proper reliable hierarchical storage is mainly deployed within large companies. ArcTape gives small and medium enterprises an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of such architecture.
The ever-increasing volume of processed data poses the questions of where and how to store huge body of data. The tape cartridges used in 82% of data centers are widely recognized as global leader in data storage reliability and durability. Nevertheless, this option, although widely used in corporate vaults of banks, broadcasters and oil and gas companies, was not represented in Russian commercial DCs until today. ArcTape new service makes hybrid (disk-tape) solutions available for any company.
"Together with our partners, we have launched a new flagship project in the market to meet the growing demand for data storage. The new solution provides client with high performance, scalability, resilience to external factors and data security at considerably lower cost compared to using other data media. In addition, the data storage duration on tapes exceeds 30 years, which is dozens of times higher than the data storage duration on disks. I have every confidence that this product deserves the status of a new gold standard, designed for SME clients, "said Ilya Khala, CEO of 3data.
"The combination of the disk and solid-state systems' operational capacity with the highest possible reliability (1 x 1019 BER) and data storage duration (over 30 years), provided by tape libraries is the only response to the global growth of data volumes, in terms of both energy and financial efficiency. Moreover, following the example of Google, the ArcTape project allows you to make the final line of defense against hacker attacks and program failures," commented Dmitry Alekseev, FIJIFILM representative.
The modular, scalable IBM TS3500 tape library with cartridges from Fujifilm ArcTape hierarchical service is located at one of the data centers from the 3data company network.
The ArcTape new service is ideal for storing large amounts of data (audio and video archives, backups of IT-systems and other large data arrays, which do not require instant access to download). Especially critical here are data transmission availability and security, ensured under the project by Mastertel, the leading telecommunications operator, offering secure digital channels and providing direct fiber-optic lines.
"We have come up with such a commercial service that would be useful to companies of any size, as the clients can use it, while benefiting the main advantage of tape - a reliable, durable and affordable data storage. Customers do not need to absorb new technology, spend money on new equipment, place it in date centers and recruit qualified IT staff. Naturally, we are not the first in Russia to use tape, but we are the first who offers a commercial service available to everyone, not just to the major customers,” commented Vitaly Ezopov, CEO of Mastertel.