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          Are you in the market for a tape drive for your company? The computer tape drive is a data storage format that is often overlooked when it comes to cost effective ways to keep and transfer data. As one of the most durable storage solutions with less degradation than perhaps any format, the computer tape drive can...

          Are you in the market for a tape drive for your company? The computer tape drive is a data storage format that is often overlooked when it comes to cost effective ways to keep and transfer data. As one of the most durable storage solutions with less degradation than perhaps any format, the computer tape drive can help to conserve both human resources and mechanical assets by protecting a company from system breakdowns and loss of data.

          Among umbrella technology companies, HP and IBM are leaders in the production of tape drives. Smaller companies with a bit more product specialization include Overland Storage, Quantum, and Tandberg Data. HP and IBM excel in compatibility and ease of use while the smaller companies may provide a little more performance at the expense of a higher learning curve. Each company should assess its individual ability to invest the time and manpower into a storage solution and invest accordingly. A company without the budget for an in house team to handle extensive tape drive maintenance would likely fare better with a plug-and-play solution.

          The tape drive that a company chooses should have a data transfer rate that decreases the amount of time that it takes to back up files and network systems. Companies should also look for solutions with automated features to save even more manpower. The ability to store data in compressed and native formats is also a distinct advantage for companies with a limited bandwidth or storage capacity. Lastly, tape drives should incorporate themselves easily into the connector types that the company is already using.

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