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  • Choosing a Vendor for Computer Tape

    You’re doing the analysis to see if certified computer tape can save your data center money and increase the reliability of your tape library. Your next task is to select a vendor that can answer your questions and provide high-quality tape. You will find that there are many tape suppliers but only some provide Certified tape. How do you determine which backup tape vendor has the quality of tapes that your department requires?

    photo of HP C7974A LTO 4 data tape HP LTO4 Tape C7974A - is it certified?

    When choosing a tape vendor, consider the following questions:

    1. How much time is spent on data eradication and certifying the quality of each tape? For instance, it can take up to two hours to eradicate data from a used LTO4 tape.
    2. Is the tape guaranteed? If a company won’t guarantee its products, it’s time to find another vendor.
    3. How many errors are allowed? The answer to this question should be “zero permanent and gross errors”. However, not all vendors adhere to the same certification standards. Knowing how many errors a company allows gives an indication of the level of quality.
    4. What is the data eradication process? While there are variations in the eradication process within the industry, vendors should include the following steps to ensure the quality of a certified tape:
    • End-to-end tape rewrite and read/write testing on all data tracks. Companies that don’t specify an end-to-end rewrite or that provide vague answers to this question should be avoided as it is likely that sensitive data will remain on the tapes. Beware of any company that won’t guarantee a complete end-to-end tape rewrite and read/write testing.
    • Data eradication by Volser. Computer tape that is scheduled to be eradicated should be tracked and audited at the Volser level. This ensures that the company that processes tape, and the seller of the tapes knew exactly which tapes were erased.
    • A letter certifying total data eradication. This is a written guarantee that listing the tapes that were erased including the date, technician, and method. Keeping this letter on file for future reference is a best practice so you can prove exactly which tapes were erased and what the process was.

    How is certified better than new?

    How can a certified tape from World Data Products be more reliable than a new tape? Because every one of our tapes is tested 100% end to end.  New tapes are sampled for quality as a batch is manufactured. As such, not every tape is tested. With a low number of tapes  being tested, products with errors can get through the process to the end user.


    Using certified tape from World Data Products enables significant cost savings while keeping the performance and quality control at new or better standards. See our Certified Tape Guarantee here.

    To learn more about how certified computer tape can benefit your business, request a complimentary consultation with a Certified Computer Tape Specialist.

  • Selling surplus IT hardware in 2018?

    Is it time to sell surplus or decommissioned IT hardware?

    Surplus IT Hardware We'll send the truck for used servers and networking equipment!

    We can help!

    World Data Products buys used switches and routers, servers, storage arrays and enclosures, computer tape, drives, and entire tape libraries. For nearly thirty years, we have been helping organizations capture more return on investment from IT assets. Companies sell server hardware to World Data Products because we make the IT Asset Disposition process easy!

    Here is how it works:

    Click here to send your equipment list in our contact form. Please include as much detail as possible regarding quantities and configuration. After a quick review, we will send an offer or contact you with any questions. Once there is an agreement on the equipment list and package price, we coordinate and pay for shipping to our facility.

    We buy used servers, networking equipment, and storage from many brands including Cisco, Dell, HP, UCS, IBM, Super Micro, EMC, NetApp, Arista Networks and others. We also buy and sell IP phones, wireless access points and controllers.

    Looking to buy something more current? Need it fast? Our extensive inventory enables us to receive orders and sell server configurations that can ship same day.

    Whether the package is a few servers or an entire data center, World Data Products will make the process of selling your surplus servers or used networking equipment a breeze!

    We are seeing a lot of buying and selling activity in used Cisco Catalyst switches and routers including the ASA 5505, 5506, 2960x, 3560, C3560x, C3750 and 3850 models. Used servers by Dell, HP, IBM and UCS arrive at the dock regularly. After a thorough testing and cleaning process, they ship out as a refurbished, custom-configured server.

    To discuss selling IT hardware to World Data Products, use our contact form  or call us at 888-210-7636 today!

  • Total Data Eradication for Computer Tape

    Recycling used or new surplus computer tape has never been easier. Not only is it environmentally friendly, selling old or surplus tape has another benefit: Instead of paying for disposal, companies can profit from the sale of decommissioned tape.

    Best of all, World Data Products guarantees total data eradication.

    Not all computer tape resellers have the standards required for total data eradication. Some companies simply rewrite the tape header. In this case, the tape drive will consider the tape to be empty because the header is clean, but the data is still there. This means that there is still a chance the data on the tape could be read. Other companies overwrite a portion of the tape but don't erase the entire tape from end to end. Data Erasure is a time-consuming process that can take up to two hours per LTO tape.

    This is our process at World Data Products:

    1. Audit the tapes by Volser. This audit is compared to the list of tapes that are approved to be destroyed. While this might seem to be an unnecessary step, we can assure you that many tapes are accidentally destroyed when an audit is not performed.
    2. Overwrite each tape from end to end.
    3. Read and write each tape from end to end.
    4. Provide a certification letter. This will serve as proof that the data on the tapes was completely eradicated, tracing each tape by Volser.

    To learn more about the World Data Products Total Data Eradication Guarantee, request a short consultation with a Certified Tape Specialist. Also, take a look at our other Tape Library Services including data migration and secure transportation.


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