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Get educated on best practice data protection


Blog by Simon Watkins, WW Product Marketing Manager, Backup, Recovery & Archive (BURA), HPE Storage


When it comes to best practice  no single disk or tape technology can provide the complete solution.  Let’s take a closer look at how combining disk and tape really is the smart choice for data availability, protection and retention and examine how a comprehensive approach to data protection that spans software, disk and tape is saving time, money and reducing risk at one of the world’s leading printing companies. 

Disk and tape have different yet complementary roles to play for business continuity, backup and disaster recovery and archive. When you’re looking for a comprehensive, tiered and converged data protection architecture that balances cost and performance, it should not be a question of ‘either-or’  but more a case of ‘where’ and ‘how’ to best use disk and tape.  

A tiered approach

So what is the value of combining disk and tape for backup and archive in your organization? 

A key benefit lies in the fact that the value of data changes over time. For example, studies have shown that 95% of data is never accessed again beyond 90 days after it is created. 

Keeping all of your data on high speed disk might suit your data access needs, but to do so could be prohibitively expensive in terms of both hardware purchases and the cost of power, cooling and physical space.

It makes more sense to store data that requires fast retrieval on disk, while moving less frequently accessed data - or content that needs to be retained for compliance, repurposing or monetization purposes - to a lower cost tape tier. 

In other words, the ideal approach to data protection and archive is to match the access, retention and cost requirements of data with the right storage technology.  And in most cases this will require a tiered approach: one that blends the access speeds of disk with the low cost, off-line and long shelf life benefits of tape.

The HPE difference

We provide a comprehensive range of disk and tape data protection and retention solutions. These enable you to maximize the value you get from your data over its entire lifecycle, while minimizing total cost of ownership. 

Daily backup and restore as well as off-site disaster recovery is delivered by HPE StoreOnce System with StoreOnce Catalyst.   From ROBO to the entire enterprise, HPE StoreOnce System with HPE StoreOnce Catalyst is a single, agile, efficient and secure data backup and recovery solution. Reduce costs and keep pace with rapid data growth, confident that your SLAs are securely met and your valuable data is not at risk.


As data backed up to HPE StoreOnce becomes infrequently or never accessed, it can be periodically migrated to HPE StoreEver tape for long term retention.  This reduces risk, increases efficiency and lowers storage costs.  Automated migration of data from StoreOnce to StoreEver is enabled by many leading backup applications including HPE Data Protector.


When it comes to archive, HPE StoreEver Tape’s unique blend of low cost, scalable, reliable and removable storage provides a powerful solution for long-term data retention and reliable retrieval.  And with support for third party LTFS solutions, HPE StoreEver Tape Libraries can be used as an active archive that combine the cost benefits of tape with the access times of NAS.


Printing press manufacturer Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) ia a great example of a company that is saving time, money and reducing risk by adopting a comprehensive approach to data protection that spans software, disk and tape.   Heidelberg recently deployed a combined hardware and software solution comprising an HPE StoreEver MSL6480 Tape Library, HPE Data Protector Software 9.0 and the HPE StoreOnce 4900 with deduplication technology. This all HPE solution has enabled the company to create backups and restores more flexibly than ever before.

Key benefits of the solution at Heidelberg from an IT perspective include shorter backup cycles and easier administration, a 90 per cent reduction in the number of backup tapes required (due to the combination of HPE StoreOnce deduplication technology and high capacity LTO6 tapes), and a high degree of flexibility as the HPE StoreOnce allows data to be stored on a NAS, StoreOnce Catalyst or a virtual tape library.   

Key business advantages of the Heidelberg solution include faster restoration of unintentionally deleted data for end-users (sometimes within just a few minutes) and higher data availability, partially due to hourly backups via HPE StoreOnce and HPE Data Protector Software.

Why taking a comprehensive approach to data protection is a smart move

So it’s clear that a comprehensive approach to data protection that spans software, disk and tape can save you time, money and reduce risk. 

And whether you are protecting small offices, branch offices or large data centers, the combination of HPE StoreOnce, HPE StoreEver and Data Protector could be the smartest decision your business makes.

Learn some more

HEIDELBERG simplifies backups and restores flexibility – case study

HPE StoreEver MSL6480  - video

Powerful data protection from HPE StoreOnce solution - brochure



Around the Storage Block blogger Simon Watkins, WW Product Marketing Manager, Backup, Recovery & Archive (BURA), HPE Storage





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