Mark Pastor
Mark Pastor is director of archive solutions at Quantum, and leads teams to define and drive Quantum Storage solutions into environments where retention and access to large data sets is required. Such use cases span many environments including public cloud providers, autonomous vehicle development, media and entertainment, government, defense and research. Mark represents Quantum within the Active Archive Alliance and the LTO Consortium. He regularly blogs on topics relating to data protection and archival. Follow him on Twitter @markpastor.

Tape Finds New Uses While Disk Suffers

My thanks to Christophe Bertrand, a Senior Analyst at ESG, for his recent video which includes some interesting factoids from ESG’s 2018 Data Protection Landscape survey. The survey echoes my own observations as a member of organizations that care about such things, including the LTO Consortium, the Active Archive Alliance, and Quantum’s product marketing and product management team.

The Virtues of Combining Locally Managed Storage with iRODS

I recently had the privilege of participating in this year’s annual iRODS users group meeting in Durham, NC.  Aside from interacting with a great group of people, I solidified some of my views on the value companies can get from iRODS deployments, and really clarified how iRODS and Quantum solutions complement each other.  I’m definitely excited that Quantum has joined the iRODS consortium and started product testing.

The Cloud Rush of 2016

Many companies are getting caught up in the hype of moving to the cloud, and in their initial pursuit they discover some of the hidden issues and costs that are otherwise not obvious. There are many services of great value in the public cloud: software, storage, infrastructure, and more, and the development of these services has triggered a rush to the cloud. However, just because we can outsource these services doesn’t mean that we always should, as noted in a recent article.

Archive by any other name…

OK, perhaps not as colorful as Shakespeare’s original phrase, but in today’s world of data and content proliferation the term archive has suffered tremendous abuse and misunderstanding. This would not be a problem for the reader if vendors and marketers of storage technology products and solutions did a better job of steering the marketplace with well-defined terms that truly meant what they sounded like.

A Perfectly Rational Approach to Data Hoarding

People and the companies they work for hoard data - it's a fact brought out in survey after survey. Hoarders are not always proud of their habit and are often curious about the options available. Contrary to popular belief, in many cases it is OK to hoard data. Sometimes it is necessary, and in many cases the data being saved can be of great value to the company. Having clarity on the purpose and requirements in your own organization will provide insight into best practices for maximizing the value of the content you keep with the greatest efficiency. There are four hoarder personas: Pacifist, Captive, Opportunist and Capitalist. Take a look and decide which of these best describes your situation, then get ideas on best practices and technologies for your situation.

Extending Online Storage

I consider the attention industry analysts pay to emerging technologies to be an interesting barometer for the market. Not long ago I attended the Next Gen Storage Summit, where object storage was a key focus, and met with a long list of industry luminaries to discuss object storage and where it is headed. Lots of probing discussions about Lattus, as well as observations about use cases for various industries, that stand to benefit from more cost efficient, scalable and accessible storage. They have also echoed a sentiment consistently: Demand for capacity growth is real industry wide and there is clearly a mix shift toward unstructured content that is driving this.

On the Road to 120TB per Cartridge

Yes – you saw that correctly. The LTO Program Technology Provider Companies (of which Quantum is one of three TPCs) has published their updated road map and it shows a stunning potential of 120 TB per single cartridge for generation 10 of LTO technology. That is 600 times the capacity released for the first generation of LTO technology. The road map announcement is timely as the IBC show takes place this week and the theme of that show is “Content Everywhere”. While IBC (International Broadcasting Convention) is a vertically oriented event (broadcast vertical), the theme is relevant across many industries. How many of you are not in the broadcast industry but are experiencing a huge swell in the amount of content under management in your own organization?

The Boundary Between Primary Data and Archive Data Has Blurred

Contrary to popular belief, how you archive matters more than what or why you archive. For the broad market, the notion of non-archived data has become antiquated. Getting rid of old data means taking the time or investing in resources required to decide what data can be deleted, and most data managers do not feel comfortable making those decisions. So today virtually everything is being stored forever, generating huge repositories of data and content, and creating a great urgency to establish a data storage architecture that will thrive in this new “store everything forever” era.

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