Is your organization in the market for new tape drives? The network tape drive is one of the best solutions for medium to large businesses that are looking for cost effective ways to back up and store proprietary data. Companies on a budget, with limited storage bandwidth or without a dedicated IT department... can all find advantages in the durable and consolidated tape drive media. Aside from having perhaps the best data transfer rate of any external storage option on the market, tape drives also decrease the chances of data degradation because of the strength of the physical medium.
The top manufacturers of tape drives include HP, IBM, Overland Storage, Quantum, and Tandberg Data. The network tape drive options from HP and IBM are known primarily for their ease of use and quick installation. Companies without a dedicated in-house team for the maintenance of the tape drive may find it advantageous to invest in a company with full-time customer service and maintenance programs that share the responsibility of upkeep with the product manufacturer. However, the more specialized companies offer increased flexibility and slightly higher productivity.
One of the most important factors for an organization to consider when selecting a tape drive data storage solution is its ability to scale with the company. It should also be able to store data in a compressed format as well as in a native format without any loss of fidelity. Finally, the connector type that a tape drive uses is quite important as it will determine how compatible the drive is with the current system.
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