5/21/13 | Posted by By Peri Grover, Director of Product Marketing

In today’s world where technology changes in a millisecond, not many technologies are able to truly withstand the test of time. With IT departments continually looking for new ways to cut costs while still improving network performance and ensuring data access over time, tape is one of the few technologies that has remained a vital part of corporate IT infrastructure.

Over the years many people have tried to write off tape as being outdated, difficult to use or unreliable; however, those users are typically thinking of past experiences with “old tape” vs. modern tape technology. With current Linear Tape-Open (LTO) technology, “old tape” issues such as broken tapes, difficulty of use, slow data recovery and unrecoverable data are a thing of the past. Today’s tape technology is one of the most effective and reliable technologies for companies of all sizes to store large–even massive–amounts of data, while not only retaining but also accessing that data over long periods of time.

Let’s take a look at how far tape has come in the last 60 years…from 244kb on a huge, room-sized reel of tape in the 1950s, to 3PB in today’s modern tape libraries that are smaller than your refrigerator.

Far from being outdated, tape technology has continued to innovate and add not only incredible amounts of capacity, but also ever-greater speed and accessibility, enabling companies to utilize tape for long-term data archiving, as a back end for cloud storage, and even for Big Data storage. Next, I’ll be looking at WHY tape remains a critical part of the data protection infrastructure.

5/14/2013 | Posted by Mike Alvarado, Overland Storage

On-demand computing has been adopted because continuous access to data best supports the needs of global business operations. Vendors with specific equipment and software combinations portray their wares as the exclusive path to adopt. Nothing could be less truthful.  Cloud is a choice about business strategy not about equipment.

The Cloud is, and should be, understood as a platform for meeting the evolving requirements of global business. There are essential components that enable this outcome: Read more…

5/1/2013 | Posted by Mike Alvarado, Overland Storage

Server virtualization galvanized advancements in information technology in the last fifteen years. Widespread adoption of server and other virtualization helped create systems that easily expand, self-manage and adapt IT to better respond to changing workloads at lower unit cost. Vendors created a lot of supporting technology further enhancing and extending virtualization. The next ten years should demonstrate more and even greater benefit from investing in virtualization. Read more…

4/18/2013 | Posted by Mike Alvarado, Overland Storage

One of my roles at Overland Storage is to comment on critical business, technology and product trends using my 30 years of experience in the information technology industry both from the vendor side and the end user side. I hope my comments will spark some vigorous conversations about the issues I plan discuss in future blogs.

Today I am going to touch upon six future trends that I believe will generate a great deal of the spending corporations make on IT infrastructure projects. A significant driver of spending for corporations is the ever increasing dependence on continuous data access to power their business, their joint ventures and to uncover market opportunities. This need will in turn increase the demand for even a more resilient storage infrastructure than ever before.  Read more…