How does it work?
Put simply, Tape Ark is the answer to your ever growing and ageing offsite backup tape archive that you have been wrestling with for year.
Do you have tapes in offsite storage that you need to retain for compliance purposes, but you don’t want to maintain the legacy infrastructure and software for the one time that you might need to do a restore and you don’t want to keep throwing money at offsite storage providers to store the tapes.
Tape Ark uses its scalable and automated tape and data migration infrastructure to migrate your tapes onto the AWS Cloud. The system that’s used is scalable and can do 1 or 1 million tapes in a seamless workflow that is both fast and error free. Perhaps even more remarkabale than the solution itself is the fact that Tape Ark will do this migration onto the AWS Cloud free of charge.
All you need to do is simply retrieve your legacy tapes and data from offsite storage, send them to Tape Ark and they will migrate the media (irrespective of age, type or format) on to the AWS Cloud. From here, users can then use the Tape Ark Client Access Portal to retrieve tapes, perform restores, delete data they no longer wish to retain and request analytics operations on large scale datasets that was never previously possible when the tapes were physically located in a vault. There will be no need for more offsite storage of tapes, no need to maintain old tape drives or infrastructure in your data centre, and you will no longer need to worry about access to your data.
What does it cost?
In most cases, Tape Ark will migrate your tape collection onto the AWS Cloud free of charge, irrespective of the volume. The only fees are the ongoing monthly AWS storage costs, which in many cases works out to be cheaper than your current monthly offsite physical storage bill. For more on our data storage costs, click here.
The way it used to be done?
Once a backup is created on tape, it is given to a courier, placed on a truck, driven to offsite storage and placed on a shelf. Years later, if you need to restore data from that tape, the tape is retrieved from offsite storage and driven in a courier van to your office only for you to find that you can no longer read the tape you created three years prior. This can be because you no longer have the tape drive or the software which was used to create the tape in the first place.
The Tape Ark way
Once you log in to the Client Access Portal, search for the required tape and make an online restore request. Hours later, you will have full access to your data. This process is fast, efficient, cost-effective and is tape and tape drive free.
Historically, tape was the key component in any backup and disaster recovery system. The portability and high storage capacity of the tapes allowed data to be taken offsite for potential future access should it be required.
As time has gone on, backup systems have consistently evolved to newer and higher capacity tapes and more robust software products. On average, companies changed their backup software and choice of tape media at least once every three years to keep pace with the changing technology available. These constant changes in technology have created massive numbers of orphaned datasets on inaccessible media around the world.
Today, the AWS Cloud is a viable backup alternative to tape, and companies are switching from tape backup to direct backup on AWS in record numbers. Tape Ark provides access to the historical data that was created before AWS was a viable backup destination. Tape Ark also provides you with a single point of access to your whole data collection, which means no more offsite storage of old tape, maintaining legacy infrastructure or software platforms.