Data Archiving Blog

Effective Storage Strategies: 
Implementing an Archive Tier to Reduce Costs

The proliferation of unstructured data consumes countless terabytes and even petabytes of Tier 1 storage across almost every data center.

Reducing the costs associated with managing and preserving that data is of utmost concern.

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Selecting the Right Technology

Behind every data archiving system there is technology (hardware and accompanying software) that actually stores the data, even if it is in the cloud. There are many factors involved with determining the right technology on which to store data including costs, maintenance, special environmental conditions (cooling/humidity), frequency of access, and the duration of retention.

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Upgrade & Expansion Options for Customers
Using Magneto Optical (MO) Media

All production of Magneto Optical (MO) media has been discontinued. Sony, the last manufacturer to produce MO media, has also announced discontinuation of the product in all formats (9.1GB, 5.2GB, 2.6GB).

Do you have a strategy in place for storing new data while continuing to read and access your important data stored on MO media?

Alliance offers tangible options that will enable you to continue operating on trusted optical technology without the headache of migrations. Alliance has a comprehensive technical knowledge of MO libraries and media and can guide you through the process of developing a strategy that will enable you to continue accessing your valuable stored data.

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Legacy Archive Solutions Overview

Alliance’s Plasmon brand archiving solutions are built for long-term data retention and have been available for over 25 years. Built to last, many legacy archive libraries continue to be in use today. Over the years, Alliance has developed libraries, media, enabling software, and support services designed to satisfy customer’s data storage needs.

Alliance Makes It Easy to Continue with Optical Technology 

Although no longer manufactured, as the original equipment manufacturer (OEM), Alliance offers upgrade and service paths for customers with legacy libraries of all types. Alliance understands the importance of investing in archive

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The Resurgence of Optical Technology

Optical technology has been the media of choice for professional data archiving for many decades beginning with its roots in the late 1960’s with Phillips, during which time there have been an impressive number of technology turns and improvements.

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Direct Attached Libraries

Direct Attached Libraries for data archiving differ from NAS solutions significantly. Where NAS solutions provide the ability for heterogeneous clients to easily connect over the local area network and store and retrieve files, Direct Attach Libraries must be connected to a third party server which then runs specialized library management software, also known as middleware, that controls the direct attached optical archive library, as exemplified in the diagram.

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Cloud-Integrated Storage Technologies

As data growth continues to accelerate, IT administrators are facing increasing pressure to improve the utilization of storage assets. The amount of data accumulated by corporations and organizations is increasing exponentially with approximately 80% of all data being static or inactive. The costs associated with storing this infrequently accessed data are at the forefront of IT administrator’s budget plans creating a need for efficient and cost effective data archiving solutions.

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Ultra Density Optical™ (UDO) Technologies

UDO™ is the culmination of six generations of technological advancements in optical technology designed specifically for professional data archiving. It provides data authenticity for regulatory compliance or other applications where archived data must remain unchanged and authentic. UDO™ uses a phase change recording process that permanently alters the physical state of true Write Once, Read Many (WORM) recording layer material to maintain data integrity. UDO™ has been designed and proven to deliver over a 50-year-plus media life. First generation UDO™ media was 30GB capacity. Blue laser technology gives

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