Tape Storage

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  • 1.  Is tape dead?

    Posted Mon October 26, 2020 11:39 AM
    Tons of articles had been written about tape being dead, almost dead and semi dead.
    IBM today pre-announced the introduction of LTO 9 technology,  what do you think?


  • 2.  RE: Is tape dead?

    Posted Wed October 28, 2020 11:08 AM
    There have been articles about tape being dead for decades. The way it's going at the moment, tape is going to outlive rotational disk storage. Tape is the fastest, cheapest large scale storage medium. It represents the best storage for long term/archive use cases and the best defence against malware or malicious attack. A couple of years back, one of our BPs said to me that they were selling more tape drives than they have ever sold, because their customers needed that "tape on a shelf" level of protection against randomware.

    Fraser MacIntosh
    Spectrum Software Competitive Analyst

  • 3.  RE: Is tape dead?

    Posted Thu October 29, 2020 09:42 PM

    Hello all,

    my saying since twenty and more years is very easy: 'Tape will die but not before Disk'!

    With best tape wishes,

    Von meinem Samsung Galaxy Smartphone gesendet.

  • 4.  RE: Is tape dead?

    Posted Wed November 04, 2020 10:36 AM


  • 5.  RE: Is tape dead?

    IBM Champion
    Posted Fri November 06, 2020 06:08 AM

    Totally agree with this!

    There is a resurgence in tape due to everyone desperately trying to implement air-gapped copies of their backup data for cyber-resiliency purposes. And tape still has the lowest cost per TB for long term data retention.

    The LTO roadmap goes up to at least generation 12, which will take us past 2024. I don't know of any traditional hard disk vendors who can show a longterm product roadmap that demonstrates a commitment to not just capacity increases but also performance and functionality improvements. IBM Enterprise Tape has a similar roadmap in place.

    Public cloud storage is still huge success story for tape, with a large proportion of unstructured data being stored on physical tape media across all of the major cloud vendors.

    Long live tape!!!


    Darren Sanders
    Technical Architect - Data Protection & Storage
    Celerity Ltd

    #ibmchampion storage