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Archived IT - Tape Articles
23 May 2017
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Tape Continues To Shine At Ibm: Calline Sanchez [63754]
DrunkenData.com, May 23rd 2017

"Regular readers of this blog know our view of tape - namely that it has a long runway ahead because of its capacity, durability and cost metrics. Anyone who says otherwise is a fool. Anyone who works for a silicon or disk storage vendor and says otherwise is a damned fool.

Now that this is off our chest, we were delighted to meet up with Calline Sanchez, a VP at IBM Enterprise Systems Storage and to interview her with respect to, among other things, her view of tape technology..."
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18 May 2017
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Is It Time To De-Tape Your Archive? [63502]
Storage-Switzerland, May 18th 2017

"Enterprises want more value from their archived data assets but tape doesn't really enable the real-time archive that organizations need. The challenges is that any enterprise in existence for 10 years or longer more than likely has terabytes, even petabytes, of data on tape media. The problem is tape-based archives can't really be queried or indexed in real-time. Enterprises need to de-tape the archive so they can get more value from their archived data..."
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16 May 2017
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IBM TS1155 Tape Drive for TS4500 Tape Library With Record of 15TB [63498]
StorageNewsletter.com, May 16th 2017

"TS1155 Tape Drive models for the TS4500 tape library deliver up to 15TB native capacity and enable reuse of existing JD media with increased capacity for investment protection

IBM TS1155 Tape Drive is designed to provide an increased capacity of 50% on JD media types compared to its predecessors and consists of two models designed for the TS4500 tape library:

  • 3592 55F (FC)
  • 3592 55E (Ethernet)

The TS1155 Tape Drive Model 55F delivers a native data rate of 360MB/s, the same load/ready, locate speeds, and access times as the TS1150, and includes dual-port 8Gb FC support. It is supported in IBM TS4500 tape libraries as well as rackmount installations..."
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24 Apr 2017
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Tape Value Proposition Compelling [62814]
StorageNewsletter.com, April 24th 2017

"The Tape Storage Council, which includes representatives of BDT, Frontier BV, FUJIFILM, GazillaByte, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Imagine Products, Integra, Iron Mountain, NCE Computer Group, Oracle, Overland Storage, Qualstar, Quantum, REB Storage Systems, Spectra Logic, StrongBox Data Solutions, Tandberg Data, Turtle and XpresspaX has issued the following memo to highlight the current trends, usages and technology innovations occurring within the tape storage industry..."
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18 Apr 2017
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LTO Program Breaks Year-Over-Year Records for Tape Shipment [62592]
HPC Wire, April 18th 2017

The LTO Program Technology Provider Companies (TPCs) -Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM and Quantum - released their annual tape media shipment report, detailing quarterly and year-over-year shipments.

The report shows a record 96,000 petabytes (PB) of total compressed tape capacity shipped in 2016, an increase of 26.1 percent over the previous year. Greater LTO-7 tape technology density as well as the continuous growth in LTO-6 tape technology shipments were key contributors to this increase.

To help illustrate the monumental amount of tape capacity shipped in 2016, if you consider 1GB is equivalent to ~9 meters of books lined up on a shelf, a single PB would equal enough books to line a shelf stretching 9,144 kilometers long. To extend this analogy for a complete comparison, the amount of books required to represent 96,000PB of data could construct a ladder connecting Jupiter to the Sun with nearly 100 million kilometers of books to spare!
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21 Mar 2017
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The Role Of Tape In Today's Data Center [61773]
Storage-Switzerland, March 21st, 2017

"The use of tape has certainly declined in today's data center, but it has not disappeared - much to the chagrin of some people who are self-professed 'tape haters'. They simply don't understand why anyone would use tape in a modern data center.

So this latest entry in our backup basics series will explain the reasons why tape continues to be a smart choice for certain applications. The short list includes speed, cost, and data integrity - especially over long periods of time..."
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