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    Infographic: The Importance of Data Backup

    Why is it important to backup your data?

    Your organization may have a top of the line computers and equipment, but eventually they’re going to be obsolete and you don’t want lose your data. Even worse, the Internet harbors many potential threats to data. Viruses and trojans don’t just  steal data they erase it.

    There is also the threat of ransomware. That’s when a hacker puts a virus on your computer that encrypts your data, making it useless. You may have to pay a ransom in order for the hacker to unencrypt your data, with no guarantee that he or she will do so. If you have a current backup of your data, this is less of a worry. You can just wipe your hard drive and restore it to your latest backup.

    Transforming IT Assets into Capital

    How to Make your IT Assets a Resource for Capital

    Now more than ever, businesses are being forced to shift their priorities. Looking for anyway to survive, many organizations are searching for other sources of capital.  If you or someone you know happens to be in this situation, do not neglect the value of surplus used IT equipment. Selling retired IT hardware can present a much-needed cash influx for businesses in need.

    Excess IT equipment that is no longer needed can hold a tremendous value, however reselling it can be extremely time-consuming and complicated. Organizations can spend countless man hours learning to implement suitable procedures while still finding ways to manage other administrative tasks. Additional obstacles could stem from learning how to navigate shipping and sales accurately. The best way to do this would be to hire an IT asset disposition partner such as DTC Computer Supplies. There are several types of IT assets that hold great resale value for any business to consider selling.

    Give Precedence to Data Destruction

    There was a story recently about a computer that sold on eBay for $100, was later discovered with valuable German military secrets still within its drives.  Fortunately for the German military, the data did not fall into the wrong hands and was reported immediately. No organization wants to be in the same situation with potential loss of confidential information. Data breaches can also be very expensive. According to the Ponemon Institute 2019 Cost of a Data Breach Report, a data breach can cost a company on average $3.92 million. This alone could be enough to financially ruin an organization. More importantly, a data breach can destroy even a well-established company’s brand. Utilizing proper data destruction processes will certify your data remains safe.

    To properly sell off your excess IT equipment, an organization needs a plan of action. DTC Computer Supplies is an experienced IT asset disposition service provider that works with businesses to help them receive a return on their investment. Our team provides data center services as well as asset liquidation services while handling all the logistics. We offer secure data destruction services, both offsite and on-site If you would like to receive a free quote, complete the form or email us your list of equipment.

    How to Make the IT Department More Than Just a Cost Center

    According to a recent study, IT departments spent a whopping $3.8 trillion in 2019 alone.  The costs associated with IT came from a variety of projects including both equipment and software. These massive costs can be expensive for any organization looking to grow. Fortunately, the future looks bright as costs look to be trending downward with the more companies moving to either a cloud or a hybrid data model.

    Migrate to Cloud

    Migrating to the cloud can cut your internal workforce, but the more storage and services an organization needs the more costs tend to increase. What that means is that vendors can ultimately change pricing models as they own the infrastructure.

    offsite data backup solutions

    Over the past few years there has undoubtedly been an increase on the frequency of malicious attacks on businesses. IT departments act as the last line of defense for cyber-attacks. Securing an organization’s data can save a company from expensive fines, fees, and lawsuits. One way to combat the threat of dealing with the headache of such an attack is to implement an air gap solution in your data storage strategy. An air gap can help safeguard against ransomware and other malware risks by securely retaining a copy of your data offline. An offline and in some cases offsite solution creates an inaccessible barrier that cannot be broken.

    IT Departments can liquidate surplus new and used equipment to make money to reinvest and increase the budget. A secure IT asset disposition process or SITAD for short is process of disposing of surplus new and used equipment in a safe and ecologically responsible manner. SITAD represents a growing industry encompassing the safe and secure reuse, recycling, or remarketing of tangible IT assets after they reach the end of their lifecycle. Anything from data center servers, office networking equipment, data storage tapes, hard drives, and VoIP telecom assets can be liquidated to create revenue.

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    DTC provides enterprise level IT asset liquidation services. We help organizations receive a positive ROI. If you are interested in learning more about our services, please visit: https://dtc1.com/

    Everything You Need to Know About Offsite Data Backup

    All About Offsite Data Backup and How It Works

    Does your business maintain and operate a high-level enterprise data center? If so, then you can’t afford not to delve into offsite data backup. However, the process of knowing exactly how to go about it can be quite confusing to some. That’s why we’re covering the ins and outs of offsite data backup.

    Here are a few things to consider before starting (we’ll go over each):

    • Recovery-point objective (RPO)
    • Recovery-time objective (RTO)
    • Method
    • Risk
    • Cost
    offsite data backup solutions

    Offsite Data Backup Simply Explained

    In essence, it’s a method of backing up data to a remote, cloud-based server or to another piece of data storage hardware. The data storage hardware can then be transported, somewhere other than where the other data is stored, hence the term off-site.

    Factors to Consider

    Recovery-Time Objective (RTO)

    The recovery-time objective is the time it will take you to recover any lost data. This is one of, if not the main reason to look into the different offsite data backup options available. It is always smart to ensure your data is secure, no matter what.

    When utilizing offsite data storage with physical data storage hardware like data tape cartridges, down time can be a factor in your company’s RTO. For example, if your company is located in California and your storage facility is located in Arizona, there will be a downtime in the transportation between the two locations.

    However, it is a good idea to have a fair amount of distance between your backup data and mainline data. This practice will protect against a total data loss if both were stored in the same local area. If a natural disaster were to occur, all of your data could be completely wiped out.

    In the event of a natural disaster at the mainline facility, a data recovery would require physically moving tape cartridges between locations. With the task of setting them up for a restoration included, you’ll need to account for shipping and travel time. However, this also depends on the size of the company, the number of tape cartridges. And the amount of data attempting to be restored.

    Recovery-Point Objective (RPO)

    The recovery point objective is the amount of time between data backups, based on the method you use to back up your data. For obvious reasons, cloud backup storage comes with the most advantages in terms of RPO. Some of them include:

    • Multiple backups in any given 24-hour period
    • No physical hardware to buy, maintain, or store
    • Quicker recovery times

    While using physical data tape cartridges has security and cost advantages of its own, the data backup opportunities might not be as convenient. This goes with saying that should an organization experience a major data loss, they may not be guaranteed accurate, up to date information.

    The Risk of Offsite Backup

    The utilization of cloud services as a backup and data storage is becoming more popular than ever before; even among organizations that prefer a hybrid approach.

    However, many companies still have concerns about potential security breaches within a cloud service provider. This cloud apprehension has led to the recent comeback of hard disk storage.

    The way you decide to implement your data backup will affect your RPO and RTO, and both methods come with their own risks. For example:

    • You can increase security and reduce risk by storing tape cartridges farther; resulting in an increased RTO and decreased RPO.
    • You can decrease the RTO and increase the RPO by storing tape cartridges at a nearby location; resulting in an increased risk of losing them in a location-wide catastrophe.

    The first thing any company should do is decide on the data backup method that is right for their individual needs. That crucial decision will make it much easier to weigh the pros and cons of the specific method they choose.

    streamer, tape library for data backup

    The Cost of Offsite Backup

    Your choice of method for backing up your data will also have an effect on financial decisions.

    Cloud service providers require different fees for different plans. Most providers have monthly and annual plans that can also determine the cost benefits associated with each.

    Disk drive and data tape storage have other expense factors associated like:

    • Cost of the data storage hardware (tape storage cartridges)
    • Transportation or shipping fees to an off-site location
    • Overhead associated with an off-site data storage facility (rent, mortgage, utilities’, etc.)
    • The cost of updating a live data copy

    At the end of the day, an organization is responsible for balancing the cost and the risk associated with managing its RTO and RPO. It comes down to the size of the business, the amount of data that requires an updated back up, how often the backups need to occur, and the overall budget assigned to the backup itself.

    How We Can Help

    The decisions any organization has to make when choosing on an off-site data storage solution are going depend on the size of the company and its data center, the location of both the main site and the off-site facilities, the type of storage hardware being used, and even type of data being stored.

    Nevertheless, general data security, data storage, and data backup best practices are going to remain fairly constant. A business can adopt its own plan and strategy to fit its individual data requirements, but the most important thing that must remain is taking an active part in the safety of vital data.

    Trusting the help of a reputable ITAD vendor makes a huge difference. There are countless security measures that a business may not think to take into account. A professional ITAD company will to ensure your data is properly secure from start to finish.

    Since 1965, we’ve been in the business of helping organizations with all of their IT asset needs. With over 130 years combined industry experience, our equipment experts can assist in offloading old or retired hardware fast and easy. Contact us today for a free quote and see why we’ve been trusted by businesses both large and small for over half a century.

    Announcing the Release of LTO-9 Tape Media

    LTO tape sellers reveal the expansion of the LTO roadmap to include generations 9 and 10.

    A recent announcement by HP, IBM and Quantum, provided insight in the foreseeable extension of the LTO tape product roadmap. The new LTO generation 9 and LTO generation 10 will be a welcome surprise to data hoarder alike. According to the giant tape vendors, LTO-9 will offer up to 25 TB of native capacity and LTO-10 will offer 48 TB native capacity.

    Previous reports have shown that transfer rates are expected to increase at a much larger rate than previous LTO generations. LTO-9 and LTO-10 will have transfer rates of 708 Mbps and 1,100 Mbps. In comparison, the earlier generation LTO-6, offers a native transfer rate of 160 Mbps, with LTO-7 at 315.2 Mbps and LTO-8 at 472 Mbps.

    Even more so, both new generation LTO tapes will include read-and-write backwards compatibility with tapes from the previous generation and read compatibility from the previous two generations. The new generations will also continue to support LTFS, WORM functionality and encryption.

    lto road map
    Courtesy: HPE

    What are experts saying about this announcement?

    Back in 2010 when LTO6 was introduced to the market (wow time flies) some had remarked they were in favor of transfer rates not increasing at such a rapid rate like they did with generations before LTO6. Others mention that the LTO tape transfer rate increases in the new road map are in direct correlation to higher densities on the tape itself.

    Another added that although disk storage is where most IT organizations currently base their data protection efforts, the continuation of the LTO roadmap should stimulate confidence among users of tape media and for the future of tape technology.

    The roadmap adds certainty as much as capacity, which is essential to people investing in long-term data storage and retention.

    It goes without saying that tape media in general has uses even outside long-term data storage, data mobility, and data recovery. As the longevity of the LTO roadmap continues and tape’s new uses gain recognition, backup storage vendors and storage management retailers will need to take notice that modern tape could be the answer to additional tiers of storage beyond what disk can offer.

    ASCDI Podcast

    Meet DTC Computer Supplies

    A Company Dedicated to the Secondary Market

    New to the AscdiNatd, DTC Computer Supplies is a family owned company specializing in buying and selling IT equipment that offers a deep bench of experience in the industry, and especially in data storage products. In this podcast, Norm Hutton, Wholesale Purchasing and Sales with DTC, gives us a look at the new ASCDI member. Hutton discusses how DTC offers many services including quantity discounts, same day shipping, blind and double blind drop shipments, in-house labeling and initialization, free EDP Tri-Optic barcode labels with any tape purchase and a deep inventory of products. We learn about DTC’s exclusive Phoenix Rejuvenation Process. Hutton describes DTC’s used tape and IT equipment buyback programs.

    Qualifying for membership in the AscdiNatd distinguishes our organization and assures our customers of receiving quick and creative solutionsto their technology needs in an ethical and responsible manner. Adherence to the AscdiNatd Code of Ethics is a requirement of continued membership in this prestigious worldwide organization and somethign we take very seriously. 

    4 Data Storage Trends to Watch for in 2020

    4 data storage trends to watch for in 2020

    Cloud, flash memory and SaaS led data storage market in 2019. We look ahead at how these and others will play out in 2020.

    Over the past year we saw new storage purchasing methods, different shapes for cloud storage, and even faster flash. From the looks of it, we can expect those trends to develop faster in 2020.

    Storage as a Service

    The development of storage as a service is one data storage movement that’s hard to ignore, as all major vendors offer it as an option. Purchasing on demand allows enterprises to switch capital expenditures to an operational expenditure.

    In 2019, both Dell and NetApp entered the as-a-service market in big ways. Dell’s On Demand and NetApp’s Keystone started in an attempt to catch up to those already employed by IBM, Pure Storage and HPE.

    Even though, Pure Storage began offering their on-demand buying model in 2015, they rebranded that program in 2019 to Pure Storage as a Service. HPE began HPE GreenLake in 2018 and has since vowed to offer all of its products as a service by 2022.

    storage as a service

    On-Site Cloud Providers

    One if the fastest growing data storage trends to watch for in 2020 is the movement of public cloud services on-site, while data center suppliers speed up their push to offer services in the cloud.

    In fact, array vendors have supported cloud tiering for years. Originally, this meant providing a plugin for replicating snapshots or archiving cold data to the public cloud.

    Major cloud storage providers have flipped the script and now want an expanded role inside the data center.

    Amazon Web Services introduced AWS Outposts. AWS Outposts is a cloud system designed for positioning itself as an on-site storage service. Essentially, the machines sit behind a firewall to constantly transfer data between local storage and the cloud.

    As recently as last year, Google released its Google Cloud Platform (GCP) available to build and manage services, either in the hybrid cloud or on clustered local nodes.

    on site cloud

    Memory and Storage Come Together as One

    Persistent memory is a second data storage trend that continued to explode last year. Intel Optane SSDs launched into the market in April 2019 and storage vendors wasted no time jumping on the new technology.

    Dell, HPE, and Pure Storage took advantage.

    • Dell EMC rejuvenated its PowerMax SANs with Intel Optane SSDs in order to handle reads and migrate hot data.
    • HPE injected Optane SSDs in the 3PAR all-flash flagship as a read cache.
    • Pure Storage introduced Optane-based DirectMemory cards for its FlashArray block storage.

    Intel form factors include the Intel Optane DC persistent memory dual inline memory module (DIMM) and dual-ported Optane SSDs. Intel DIMMs will help push storage class memory (SCM) closer to the majority. In October 2019, Micron introduced its 3D XPoint-designed XT100, a competitor to Intel Optane.

    NVMe Fabrics Hitched to Low-Cost NAND

    Advances in NVMe flash continued in 2019. Although, development of NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) continues to be a work in progress. NVMe network fabrics are a critical component of the NVMe flash ecosystem as they minimize latency between servers and storage arrays.

    nvme works
    Courtesy Samsung

    In 2020, look for storage vendors to bring out multi-tiered arrays that make use of NVMe flash, quad-level cell (QLC) NAND SSDs and traditional SAS and SATA SSDs in the same system. Manufacturing of new quad-level cell (QLC) NAND SSDs is beginning to escalate, but the low-cost flash is emerging on vendor roadmaps.

     

    These are just a few of the data storage trends that consumers should be aware of in the start of a new decade. One can also anticipate unforeseen advances and innovation have an impact on storage technology in 2020.

    Post 1

    Always strive for better work. Never stop learning. Have fun a clear plan for a new project or just an idea on a napkin?  Sky, land, and sea disappear together out of the world.

    The dawn breaks high behind the towering and serrated wall of the Cordillera, a clear-cut vision of dark peaks rearing their steep slopes on a lofty pedestal of forest rising from the very edge of the shore. Amongst them the white head of Higuerota rises majestically upon the blue. Bare clusters of enormous.

    Above it all

    The wasting edge of the cloud-bank always strives for, but seldom wins, the middle of the gulf. The sun—as the sailors say—is eating it up. Unless perchance a sombre thunder-head breaks away from the main body to career all over the gulf till it escapes into the offing beyond Azuera, where it bursts suddenly.

    People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.
    Steve Jobs – Apple Worldwide Developers’ Conference, 1997

    At night the body of clouds advancing higher up the sky smothers the whole quiet gulf below with an impenetrable darkness, in which the sound of the falling showers can be heard beginning and ceasing abruptly—now here, now there. Indeed, these cloudy nights are proverbial with the seamen along the whole west coast of a great continent.

    • The dawn breaks high behind the towering and serrated wall
    • A clear-cut vision of dark peaks rearing their steep slopes
    • Amongst them the white head of Higuerota
    • Bare clusters of enormous rocks sprinkle with tiny black dots

    The gulf. The sun—as the sailors say—is eating it up. Unless perchance a sombre thunder-head breaks away from the main body to career all over the gulf till it escapes into the offing beyond Azuera, where it bursts suddenly into flame and crashes like a sinster pirate-ship of the air, hove-to above the horizon, engaging the sea.

    Indeed, these cloudy nights are proverbial with the seamen along the whole west coast of a great continent.
    John Doe

    At night the body of clouds advancing higher up the sky smothers the whole quiet gulf below with an impenetrable darkness, in which the sound of the falling showers can be heard beginning and ceasing abruptly—now here, now there. Indeed, these cloudy nights are proverbial with the seamen along the whole west coast of a great continent. Sky, land, and sea disappear together out of the world when the Placido—as the saying is—goes to sleep under its.
    The Indian girls, with hair like flowing black manes, and dressed only in a shift and short petticoat, stared dully from under the square-cut fringes on their foreheads; the noisy frizzling of fat had stopped, the fumes floated upwards in sunshine, a strong smell of burnt onions hung in the drowsy heat, enveloping the house; and the eye lost itself in a vast flat expanse of grass to the west, as if the plain between the Sierra overtopping Sulaco and the coast range away there towards Esmeralda had been as big as half the world.
    The Italian drivers saluted him from the foot-plate with raised hand, while the negro brakesmen sat carelessly on the brakes, looking straight forward, with the rims of their big hats flapping in the wind. In return Giorgio would give a slight sideways jerk of the head, without unfolding his arms.

    Post 2

    Always strive for better work. Never stop learning. Have fun a clear plan for a new project or just an idea on a napkin?  Sky, land, and sea disappear together out of the world.

    The dawn breaks high behind the towering and serrated wall of the Cordillera, a clear-cut vision of dark peaks rearing their steep slopes on a lofty pedestal of forest rising from the very edge of the shore. Amongst them the white head of Higuerota rises majestically upon the blue. Bare clusters of enormous.

    Above it all

    The wasting edge of the cloud-bank always strives for, but seldom wins, the middle of the gulf. The sun—as the sailors say—is eating it up. Unless perchance a sombre thunder-head breaks away from the main body to career all over the gulf till it escapes into the offing beyond Azuera, where it bursts suddenly.

    People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.
    Steve Jobs – Apple Worldwide Developers’ Conference, 1997

    At night the body of clouds advancing higher up the sky smothers the whole quiet gulf below with an impenetrable darkness, in which the sound of the falling showers can be heard beginning and ceasing abruptly—now here, now there. Indeed, these cloudy nights are proverbial with the seamen along the whole west coast of a great continent.

    • The dawn breaks high behind the towering and serrated wall
    • A clear-cut vision of dark peaks rearing their steep slopes
    • Amongst them the white head of Higuerota
    • Bare clusters of enormous rocks sprinkle with tiny black dots

    The gulf. The sun—as the sailors say—is eating it up. Unless perchance a sombre thunder-head breaks away from the main body to career all over the gulf till it escapes into the offing beyond Azuera, where it bursts suddenly into flame and crashes like a sinster pirate-ship of the air, hove-to above the horizon, engaging the sea.

    Indeed, these cloudy nights are proverbial with the seamen along the whole west coast of a great continent.
    John Doe

    At night the body of clouds advancing higher up the sky smothers the whole quiet gulf below with an impenetrable darkness, in which the sound of the falling showers can be heard beginning and ceasing abruptly—now here, now there. Indeed, these cloudy nights are proverbial with the seamen along the whole west coast of a great continent. Sky, land, and sea disappear together out of the world when the Placido—as the saying is—goes to sleep under its.
    The Indian girls, with hair like flowing black manes, and dressed only in a shift and short petticoat, stared dully from under the square-cut fringes on their foreheads; the noisy frizzling of fat had stopped, the fumes floated upwards in sunshine, a strong smell of burnt onions hung in the drowsy heat, enveloping the house; and the eye lost itself in a vast flat expanse of grass to the west, as if the plain between the Sierra overtopping Sulaco and the coast range away there towards Esmeralda had been as big as half the world.
    The Italian drivers saluted him from the foot-plate with raised hand, while the negro brakesmen sat carelessly on the brakes, looking straight forward, with the rims of their big hats flapping in the wind. In return Giorgio would give a slight sideways jerk of the head, without unfolding his arms.

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