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The Business Value of LTO Tape Storage in 2015

Two recently published analyst reports deliver powerful proof points for strong ongoing customer demand for tape in 2015:

    • The Worldwide Tape Market (including tape drives, tape libraries and tape media) is estimated to be worth around $2Bn in CY14.
    • Worldwide Tape Media Tracker reports that more data is being stored on tape media than ever before with a capacity shipped growth of 13% year on year in Q3 2014.

So why does tape looks set to remain so popular in 2015 for data protection in general and archive in particular? The answer lies in the on-going business value of the technology. Tape has made great technological strides over the last decade – from a performance, capacity, reliability and usability perspective. But while feeds and speeds are important, the executive boards of most companies care more about how technology can lower costs, reduce risk and improve productivity in their organization. And it is in this business context that tape continues to be viewed as important and relevant.

Containing Costs

Tape continues to offer one of the lowest costs per Terabyte for any type of storage, particularly when factoring in energy and footprint costs. A recent analyst total cost of ownership comparison of a LTO tape library and a disk array concluded that over a 9 year period disk storage is 26 x the average TCO of tape. The cost of energy alone for the average disk-based solution exceeded the entire TCO for the average tape-based solution.

Reducing Risk

The overriding customer defined metric for a successful backup or archive is whether the data can be restored or retrieved when needed. The LTO tape portfolio of drives, libraries and media employs a number of features to help provide high data integrity including read after write verification to help ensure the data has been written accurately, servo tracking mechanisms to provide precision head and tape alignment, up to 250,000 mean time between failure hours for drives, and advanced media formulations that can allow up to a 30-year shelf life or more.

Tape Libraries also deliver a range of reliability and availability benefits including hardware redundancy, path failover, proactive health monitoring software and data archive verification software.

In addition lightweight, rugged and encryptable tape cartridges are easily and securely transported off site. This means that data on tape can be held off-line safe from the threats to on-line data from viruses, hackers and cyber-attacks.

Improving Productivity

With the pace of data growth continuing to accelerate, businesses require a fast and easy way to expand and manage their data protection and retention infrastructure.

Tape is effortlessly scalable. Adding capacity is simply a case of adding additional tape cartridges to a tape drive or tape library. With a product portfolio that spans from tape media through standalone tape drives to tape libraries that accommodate more than 75 PB in a single system, BackupWorks Tape Storage offerings deliver virtually limitless capacity.

And Linear Tape File System (LTFS) provides a self-describing file system on a LTO-5 or LTO-6 cartridge, which makes tape as simple to access, use and share as a removable USB flash drive as well as reducing software dependencies for the use of tape for long-term archives.

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