Tape Ark Launches

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

Guy Holmes

Guy is a graduate of Geophysics from Macquarie University in Sydney, and has completed a Masters of Business Administration (Technology Management) from Deakin University in Melbourne. 

Guy is a successful leader with a proven track record in the growth of start up and turn around businesses in the IT, medical and information management sectors.

Guy has extensive experience in the oil and gas, minerals, medical, and information management industries in Australia and the Asia Pacific and is a highly regarded entrepreneur.

Guy’s experience includes:

• Sourcing Venture Capital
• Acquisitions and Sales of businesses
• Commercial technology development
• Research and development for internal and external products
• International business development
• Product and service marketing, development, and management
• Multimillion dollar contract negotiations with government and private sectors (International and domestic)
• Development of business and marketing plans, strategy documents , and other executive level documents
• Industry leader in information management, data management, archiving strategies, legacy technology with a particular focus on the management of oil and gas and minerals information and data on a global scale.
• Operational management and refinement to seek maximum profitability
• Grant applications, financing arrangements, and seeking alternative funding

The results that Guy has achieved in his varied roles stand testimony to his abilities to:

• Manage organizational resources to achieve results
• Develop and drive technology solutions to achieve business goals
• Grow businesses that are both start-up and/or stagnant
• Successfully land, negotiate, perform and complete projects both domestically and internationally

Guy has been married for 24 years and has five children. He enjoys playing ice hockey, travel, mountaineering and spending time with his family and reading.