How does it work?

Put simply, Tape Ark is the answer to your ever growing and aging offsite backup tape archive that you have been wrestling with for years.

 So 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 that 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 migration infrastructure to migrate your tapes on to the AWS Cloud. The system 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 on to the AWS Cloud free of charge.

Simply retrieve your legacy tapes from offsite storage, send them to Tape Ark and Tape Ark will migrate the media (irrespective of age, type or format) on to the AWS Cloud where users can then use the Tape Ark ClientAccess 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. No more offsite storage of tapes, no need to maintain old tape drives or infrastructure in your data centre, and no more worry about access to your data.

 What does it cost?

In most cases Tape Ark will migrate your tape collection on to the AWS Cloud free of charge – irrespective of volume. The only fees are the ongoing monthly AWS storage costs, which in many cases works out cheaper than your current monthly offsite physical storage bill. For more on 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 3 years prior (because you no longer have the tape drive or the software used to create the tape in the first place).

 The Tape Ark way

Login to the Client Access Portal, search for the required tape and make an online restore request. Hours later, you have access to your data. Fast, efficient, cost effective and all tape and tape drive free.

 Some background

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 3 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 – providing you with a single point of access to your whole data collection. No more offsite storage of old tape or maintaining legacy infrastructure or software platforms.