Media Lifecycle Management
Spectra Logic's Media Lifecycle Management (MLM) helps ensure your data will be accessible when you need it by improving tape reliability. MLM promotes pain-free tape storage and gives you the freedom to truly maximize your storage investments and save IT costs.
What is MLM?
MLM provides the unparalleled ability to reduce media related issues through its intuitive reporting of at-risk media that should be retired. For truly complete media health reporting, MLM non-intrusively tracks close to 40 data points about each tape throughout its usable life*. Included with Spectra's T-Series, MLM's media health reporting is accessible directly from the library or from remote web access. With MLM you can easily identify whether a tape is safe to store your data upon by simply checking its health score that is calculated from its health statistics. And for more thorough details, you can also view each tape's complete health record. MLM's comprehensive reporting gives you the advantage to know your data is safely stored, and even reduce the possibility of data loss.
"Media Lifecycle Management is not only about enabling workable administrative practices; it is also about best practices for ensuring the security and quality of your data, so that it is available when you need it."
— Mike Kahn, Managing Director of The Clipper Group, Technology Acquisition Consultants.
Why is MLM so Important?
In this age of digital information, it is customary for companies to protect their data with tape. While a data cartridge may be small, they are typically the final repository for storing invaluable information. Therefore, the importance of using dependable media must not be diminished so that you can reliably restore your data when you need it.
"Foreseeing problems in tape environments and taking action to correct them before they occur can have important end-user benefits. While other products may alert storage administrators to problems with tape after they occur, Spectra Logic's Media Lifecycle Management tool proactively monitors tape health over the lifetime of the media, recommending changes as needed to prevent problems. Fewer media issues mean fewer backup failures."
— Heidi Biggar, Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group
MLM Storage Efficiency Improvement – Guaranteed!
At Spectra, we are confident that MLM can help you reduce tape related pains through more efficient storage operations and dependable data restoration. With MLM you can:
- Maximize storage investments: Media, Drives and Library
- Minimize downtime and associated costs
- Resume operations faster with targeted diagnostics
- Keep storage operations running, and reduce job restarts
Spectra Professional Services will work with you to assess your storage practices, implement MLM and provide improvement recommendations. To back this commitment, we guarantee a 10% minimum improvement when you use MLM in combination with our implementation services and recommendations, or our service is free.
Verify Your Media With MLM PreScan and PostScan
Spectra T-series libraries offer features central to ensuring data integrity over the life of data stored on tape. PreScan and PostScan media verification are a set of background processes that provide two levels of verification for LTO data cartridges. PreScan checks newly imported tapes to make sure they are ready to use: for example, in good health and not write-protected. PostScan verifies each LTO cartridge and confirms that there are no media errors on the tape by reading the entire length of the tape up to the end of the recorded data (EOD). The PostScan process is performed by the library, independent of the backup application normally used to read and write data to the tape.
MLM and Spectra Certified Media
MLM uses Spectra Certified Media, that is backed by our Certified Media Lifetime Guarantee. Spectra's LTO media* exclusively supports MLM's media health tracking and reporting, as supported by Spectra's T-Series tape libraries. Pre-labeled, pre-certified, and pre-loaded into our media TeraPacks - Spectra Certified Media is ready to use!
*Requires use of LTO-4 or later tape drives, and Spectra Certified Media LTO-3 or later, shipped after Nov. 15, 2007.