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Proper Data Destruction

With digital technology on the rise, data is quickly becoming the central core of an enterprise’s value. Data is what guides companies to make consumer focused decisions in order to improve products and services in a competitive market. Data destruction is not usually top of mind for most organizations. That’s why realizing the potential security and financial risks companies face by not properly destroying their data is detrimental to future success. The proper steps must be taken to prevent data Read More

If you’ve found yourself wondering what exactly you are going to do with one or more of your used servers, you aren’t alone. We at Big Data Supply are constantly in touch with customers who aren’t quite sure what they should do and help them to make the best decision. The beauty of today is that there are more options than you may be aware of… but first thing is first. The number one concern of all organizations should be Read More

Sony has upped the ante for magnetic tape by developing a version that can store up to 185 terabytes of data. This is more than 74 times that of traditional magnetic tapes! The company has made this possible thanks to the ability to utilize sputter deposition. If you aren’t familiar with the concept, it’s quite scientific. Ions are shot onto a layer of polymer film substrate, which produces layers of tiny magnetic crystal particles on a smooth surface. This is Read More

Magnetic tape happens to be one of the oldest and most reliable recording technologies ever created. It uses a spool of linearly oriented tape that is composed of several layers, including a magnetic layer, that passes under a read-write head to record binary bit info into tracks. As time has progressed, tape cartridges have improved by leaps and bounds. Newest versions, such as the LTO-6 can be used much like disks. Data can be written and retrieved faster than ever. Read More

Each and every day, we are approached by organizations and individuals who are wanting to sell used data tape cartridges. Their decision to do so is usually motivated by a few factors. 1. 100% Data Erasure 2. Complete Chain-of-Custody 3. An auditable reporting process for compliance 4. Eco-friendly 5. Recoup a part of initial investment The beauty of tape is that it can be used time and time again. Unfortunately, the majority of tape users either aren’t aware of this Read More

One the biggest challenges for organizations in the digital age is finding smart and creative ways for disposing of used technologies — especially with the never ending stream of data being created on a regular basis. Wildly enough, a California Berkley Study found that 93 percent of all newly created information stored on planet earth is digital. Each year the amount of digital information across the globe is doubling. This translates to all sorts of disk drives and tape out Read More

Because of the advent of the Cloud and the popularity of disk for data storage, LTO tape has at times been overlooked and underestimated. The following some leading LTO tape myths: 1. Tape Is Dead This couldn’t be further from the truth. Tape is alive and thriving. This has much to do with the fact that tape a tape-only data structure infrastructure is very expensive and can be unstable. Also, the Cloud is still new territory that comes with some Read More

It’s a common story — years go by and inevitably you find yourself staring into a sea of used tape cartridges that will never be looked at again, and you don’t quite know what to do when them. You consider throwing them into the dumpster or hauling them off to a dump. These two options aren’t the best for a number of reasons. Of course, there’s the chance that the data you’ve stored over the years could be fished out Read More

Happy 2014! At Big Data Supply, we are amazed that the New Year has arrived so quickly. As the year unfolds, we will bring you all sorts of interesting facts, ideas, and stories surrounding data tape media. To begin, we would like to share the importance of e-waste recycling. With only 3 percent of tape cartridges being recycled throughout the U.S., it is vital that organizations begin paying attention and taking action. By choosing to recycle in 2014, your organization Read More

“Declines in the sales of tape media are decreasing and the death of tape has been postponed – indefinitely,” writes Chris Mellor of The Register. According to recent numbers published by the Santa Clara Consulting Group, in the third quarter of 2013, tape cartridge sales hit $141.73 million. LTO tapes accounted for a whopping 95 percent of revenue. When looking at the LTO media type breakdown per version, they are as follows: – LTO-4 – 38 percent of all units Read More

The Economist recently detailed how tape (a 60-year-old technology) offers a solution to a modern problem. The problem being — storing large amounts of data for less money and with ultimate efficiency. LTO Tape to the rescue! According to the article, tape is currently the oldest computer storage medium that is still in use. The very first use of tape was on the UNIVAC computer in 1951. While tape saw a decrease in popularity by 14 percent in 2012, statistics Read More

In today’s world, data destruction is a very serious matter. With the numerous amounts of data that come the the form of client information, financial transactions, photos, videos, and other personal information, organizations and individuals are always at risk. If you’ve been trying to discern how your going to manage data destruction policies and procedures, it’s important that you read further: 1. There are three methods for data destruction to consider including overwriting, degaussing, and physical destruction. Overwriting includes covering Read More