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LTO-8 Delivers!

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March 26, 2020

By Rich Gadomski

As LTO-8 drives and media are increasingly deployed and widely available, the value proposition of LTO-8 is being confirmed by customers and it’s a pretty impressive story.

In the case of a major high-performance computing (HPC) customer who had been using LTO-6 previously for their archive, the jump to LTO-8 has done wonders for their available capacity. With approximately 7,000 slots in their library, fully loaded with LTO-6 media at 2.5TB each yielded a total native storage capacity of 17.5 PB. Migrating to LTO-8 drives and eventually converting those slots to LTO-8 media at 12.0 TB gives them up to a massive 84 PBs, almost a 5X increase. That’s lots of room to scale as needed!

Performance also gets a big boost as LTO-6 drives are rated at 160 MB per second transfer rate compared to LTO-8 drives at 360 MB per second. This means fewer drives are required to meet the same performance objectives. As a result, TCO also gets a major boost as fewer drives, fewer pieces of media and no additional floor space or library frames are required to manage the same amount of data.

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Whiteboard Video: The Advantages of Migrating Tape Technologies

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Migrating from one generation to another generation of tape technology may seem like a difficult task. In practice, though, tape migration is relatively straightforward and provides tremendous ROI thanks to each generation’s increase in performance and capacity.

In this video, George Crump of Storage Switzerland talks to Alan Hall of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration about the advantages of migrating to tape.

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The True TCO of Your Data Storage

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When it comes to data storage spending, knowing your total cost of ownership (TCO) is key. In this video, George Crump, lead analyst at Storage Switzerland talks with Brad Johns of Brad Johns Consulting about the key factors to consider when it comes to TCO. This includes CapEx costs such as hardware and license fees; OpEx costs such as energy, network costs, staff needed to manage the storage; and technology upgrades/new equipment over time. They also discuss how to use a free TCO Calculator to calculate 5- and 10-year scenarios for the Total Cost of Ownership when using automated tape storage, disk-based and cloud-based archive storage.

View the full video and access the free TCO Calculator here: https://datastorage-na.fujifilm.com/tco-tool/

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Is it Time for Capacity-Based Licensing to Go Away?

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IT organizations hate licensing software based on capacity. They despise it with a passion for the simple reason that data is growing exponentially, a fact over which they often have little or no control. What rankles them is software licensing that continuously increases in price as the amount of stored data grows. Customers are already paying for the actual storage devices to house the data. But capacity-based software metering means they have to pay for it over again and again and again. It has become common for software licensing to cost more than the actual storage many times over. That doesn’t strike most people as a fair bargain. The software is not working any harder, but the price goes up like clockwork every month or year depending on the subscription frequency and data growth. It’s maddening to the extreme, and IT departments are screaming that it’s unsustainable.

For more information on this topic, check out this white paper: The Atrociously Unfair Data Capacity Tax.

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Taking a Look Back and Forward at Tape Storage Trends

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By Peter Faulhaber

Last year was full of key milestones for the tape storage industry. The cost per terabyte and total cost of ownership (TCO) improved for tape-based storage and archive; tape became firmly entrenched in all of the major U.S. hyperscale data centers; and the tape “air gap” continued to be a compelling tool in combating cybercrime.

As we begin 2020, we expect even further momentum and demand for tape storage as data growth continues on an explosive path and new storage architectures and emerging technologies place increased demands on the need for more effective data management.

Here are a few of my predictions for the storage market in 2020:

  • Software-defined tape for object storage will emerge as a popular solution, providing the interface to download data from object storage systems to compatible tape systems using standard S3 APIs. Users will be able to write objects directly to tape in native form, in a self-describing, open format.  As a result, object storage users can leverage the value proposition of tape including lowest TCO, reliability and long term archivability.

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Combining the Best of Flash + Tape for the Ultimate Active Archive

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In this video, Khanh Ngo, IBM Spectrum Archive Development, demonstrates how combining flash and tape can deliver both high performance and high capacity storage at a low cost. Keeping just a small amount of archival data on IBM Flash Systems will accelerate restore time while placing the bulk of the data on IBM Tape using IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition lowers overall storage costs. Take a look and see why IBM is calling flash and tape the “dynamic duo”  in this high tech active archive set-up…

 

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Maximize The ROI of your Archive with LTFS Tape

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Intelligent, Automatic Storage Archiving with LTFS Tape
By fusing high-performance disk with Linear Tape File System (LTFS) tape archive technology, StrongLink LTFS delivers a perfect blend of economy and performance in one simple solution. (more…)
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Tape Storage Council: Tape Takes Aim on Unprecedented Data Growth

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The Tape Storage Council has released its State of the Tape Industry report, which highlights the current trends, use cases, and technology innovations occurring within the tape storage industry.
With its unique benefits, tape has the greatest potential to address today’s soaring capacity demands. The role tape serves in modern data centers is quickly expanding into new markets as compelling technological advancements have made tape the most economical, highest capacity, and the most reliable and secure storage medium available.

Highlights of the report include:

  • New enterprise tape drive
  • Tape Roadmaps – LTO roadmap extended to Generation 12
  • Tape TCO calculators
  • Active Archives – addressing complexity with an intelligent data management layer
  • Growing tape capacities and data rates
  • RAIT improvements to throughput; Fault tolerance
  • RAO and TAOS – improving tape file access times
  • Key applications and demand drivers
  • Tape use cases and compelling value proposition
To access the full report, click here.
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Part 3: Video Series on Unstructured Data

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In this video Brendan Sullivan, Fred Moore and Chris Dale discuss how the future archives of legacy data on high density LTO media could be much more than they are today providing less risk, lower cost and more business value:
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Part 2: Video Series on Unstructured Data

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In this video Brendan Sullivan, Fred Moore and Chris Dale discuss the challenges of managing unstructured data in today’s off-site storage vaults. This includes proposed and developing solutions that have been created to finally resolve the issues of remediation of data from un-cataloged environments, and how modern tape technologies can play a part in housing legacy data.
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