Tape Ark is a new technology solution developed by Guy over the last 15 years of working on tape based datasets from around the world. The innovation, when combined with the use of public cloud such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), provides the world’s first alternative to the costly and inefficient services currently available for legacy tape storage.
The solution virtualises tape based datasets and creates a version that is tape and tape drive independent. Many companies store tapes offsite for that just in case restore. Every year they have recurring costs, which is essentially the cost of an air conditioned room and the provision of a courier service. The problem is that if you need to use your tapes, you also need to have access to a compatible tape drive and the software that originally wrote the data to the tape in order to do a restore, and this in most cases is not possible or at least not easy.
Tape Ark takes a company's tape collection and copies the data into the public cloud. The tapes are written into the cloud as virtual tapes and are paired with a virtual tape drive that also resides in the cloud. If you need to do a restore, you can use the Tape Ark access portal to load the virtual tape into the virtual tape drive and the restore can be performed without the need for you to maintain any physical tape drives, legacy software licenses, or pay for any physical offsite storage of media.
For over 50 years, the offsite storage of physical tape has been the norm. It is inefficient and costly and has not had any major innovations since its inception. Tape Ark has been designed to disrupt this industry and provide customers with real value for money instead of throwing money away on an expensive air conditioned room for storage. Tape Ark uses the cloud instead of a physical storage facility and the internet as its delivery mechanism instead of courier vans. Access to legacy tapes can then be done in minutes instead of days and requires no hardware or software. In return, clients can then access all of their historical data holdings in one location, any time they like.
Once the tape based datasets are liberated from physical tape into the Tape Ark platform, the use of new technology in the areas of Analytics and Big Data can then be used on data sets that were previously inaccessible in offsite storage.
Perhaps the most impressive thing about the Tape Ark service – is that ingesting tapes into the platform from physical media to virtual tape is free of charge. If you are currently paying for physical offsite storage of tapes and maintaining physical infrastructure in case you need to read a tape, then Tape Ark is your answer. Tape Ark can ingest 1 tape or 1 million tapes using its mass migration infrastructure and software platform capable of migration tens of thousands of tapes per month per site.
It is time to disrupt the age old business of off site storage. #NoMoreTape