An adequate data backup scheme is an essential, and often neglected, aspect of the
computer system in your company. Gardner Business Services can provide you with the
media you need to perform this important task. To help you learn more about out
backup products and the technology in the industry we have supplied you with this page.
We have compiled some important data and provided you with links to other sites that
will help you learn more about data backup.
We carry some of the most popular and reliable makers of computer tapes and disks.
The manufactures supply information important about their products as well as tips to
improve your backup system.
Select a manufacturer below to learn more about the company and their backup products.
4mm tapes are the standard for DAT (digital audio tape) and was originally used as a
CD-quality audio format. 4mm tapes are physically the smallest of the magnetic tapes and
therefore take up less storage space. 4mm tape systems are designed for backing up
large amounts of data where speed is not essential.
8mm tapes employ a technology called helical scan recording. This is the same type
of recording as is used in video tape recorders. It is slower than
digital linear tapes but a
fraction of the cost. Systems that use 8mm tapes target higher end backup systems
including imaging, transaction processing, large database applications, workstation and
networks, and video server applications.
is a leading global manufacturer of advanced, tape-based information storage
products for the professional market. The company offers a wide range of
products and solutions based on Linear Technology for backup, archiving and
other user applications within information storage management.
Travan Data Tapes
Travan Data Tape is the most popular tape medium for desktop users. Travan Tapes are
based off the proven QIC (quarter inch cartridge) technology which has been the favorite
backup medium for millions of users. Travan Tape is designed for users who are
looking for functionality and where speed is not a primary concern.
Digital Linear Tapes
DLT is the top of the line tape backup option and is designed to backup large amounts of
data in a short amount of time. DLT offers high transfer rates (5 MB/sec) and large
storage capacity (10-70 GB per tape). DLT can be arrayed to back up a very large
network file system.
QIC - Quarter-Inch Cartridges
The "quarter inch" refers to the width of the original
tape. QIC comes in two form factors: 3.5" Minicartridges and 5.25"
Data Cartridges. Minicartridges have been enhanced with wider and longer tapes (QIC-Wide,
QIC-EX and Travan). QIC-EX cartridges extend the cartridge housing
to include more tape. Many Travan drives support QIC-EX cartridges
5 ¼" Optical Disks
5.25" Rewritable Magneto Optical Disks are ideal for desktop publishing, medical
imaging, legal and financial applications, multimedia creations and for backup and
archival storage. Optical disks were originally though to take over the fixed hard
disk. Reduction in hard drive prices has lead to alternative uses for magneto
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