WORM Tape: Cheap, stable and unalterable

January 5, 2016 Legacy System Blog Articles

It is becoming increasingly important for companies to keep and ensure the security of their data. Nothing can be viewed as disposable, as there are many conflicting and overlapping regulations about retaining sensitive information. To satisfy long-term data retention, more and more storage administrators are using write once, read many (WORM) capabilities for Linear Tape-Open Ultrium (LTO) format.

LTO is an open-format, high capacity, single-reel, tape storage technology that has been in operations, and constantly updated, for years. As LTO technology has evolved, an optical storage capability called WORM has developed to ensure data is not overwritten, and to help address compliance regulations.

The Purpose of WORM

WORM is an optical media from which data is read, and is organized into units of storage called volume and family. It is written by lasers and can store much more data than most portable magnetic media.

WORM was developed to provide users a cost effective means of storing data in a non-rewritable format. Regulatory compliance continues to grow in importance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Health Insurance Probability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) and SEC Rule 17-a-4(f). WORM is a compliant storage medium that fulfills their need to preserve data in an unalterable format.

This LTO capability features algorithms using Cartridge Memory (CM) in conjunction with low-level encoding that is mastered in the tape media when it is manufactured. It also appends data at the end of a WORM cartridge, so that users can take full advantage of the high capacity tape media. The features are designed to prevent tampering, further protecting your company’s data.

 The Benefits of WORM

WORM tape allows users to store petabytes of regulatory compliant, unalterable data for years, at a fraction of the price of most disks. Users also don’t have to make significant changes to their existing infrastructure. Features of the tape include: portability, recoverability and infinite capacity

LTO WORM capability is a cheap solution compared to the expensive requirements in today’s high-risk data environment. It can be used as document and code storage so that your company has a full archive of their past and present data for auditors. For more information on how this feature can benefit your company, contact Baseline Data Services today at (317) 707-3941.

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