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30 May 2012
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Is Linear Tape File System (LTFS) Best For Transportable Storage? [26461]
LTFS Format Specification v2.0.0 -- March 2011

The case for the Linear Tape File System (LTFS) as an appropriate medium for data transport is made in a post by Rick Ramsey, who explains that, with the ability to split a cartridge into two partitions (the first holding a directory structure that shows the contents of the cartridge; the second partition holding all of the files themselves), the principal reservation about tape storage in transport applications is overcome. Oracle offers LTFS-Open Edition, which may be freely uses in Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.5 environment - in both LTO5 drives and Oracle StorageTek T10000C drives, Ramsey writes.
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01 May 2012
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TLC for Your Backup Tapes [26160]
Iron Mountain Offers 14 Tips

Iron Mountain has published 14 TLC tips for your tape storage, an E-Guide from SearchDataBackup.com that alerts users to common tape backup errors and offers suggestions to avoid these shortcomings. Many of the tips are common sense practices, so much so, in fact, that they are often taken for granted and not observed during routine backup operations. In total, they are deserving of a prominent place on the wall of every data center, ideally in large, bold print.
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16 Apr 2012
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Oracle's StorageTek Tape Analytics Software Automates Tape Management Operations [25946]
Delivers Superior Security and Scalability From a Single Pane of Glass

The new Oracle StorageTek Tape Analytics simplifies tape management by eliminating manual intervention, thereby helping improve operational efficiency at a cost as low as half that of IBM's Crossroads ReadVerify Appliance. The StorageTek Tape Analytics software captures library, drive and media performance metrics and presents them in a single pane of glass, enabling the proactive identification of potential problems while providing immediate recommendations to prevent data loss. StorageTek Tape Analytics software can perform rapid drill-down into detailed drive and media health specifics, enabling customers to make decisions about their tape infrastructure and reduce downtime and commitment of data management resources.
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05 Apr 2012
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USC Shoah Foundation Institute Upgrades to StorageTek T10000C [25876]
Project Digitizes Over 100,000 Hours of Holocaust Testimony

The USC Shoah Foundation Institute has selected Oracle’s StorageTek T10000C Tape Drives to support its ongoing project to catalogue and preserve visual testimonies from Holocaust survivors and witnesses. At 5 TB uncompressed, the StorageTek T10000C Tape Drive is the world’s highest capacity drive and enables customers to boost capacity and performance while maintaining their existing footprint. The Oracle solution, which also includes Oracle’s Sun x86 servers with Oracle Solaris and Oracle disk arrays, digitizes approximately 80 TB of data per month and is on track to finish digitization in 2013.
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04 Apr 2012
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Oracle Magazine Feature on Enterprise Tape Storage [25872]
Storage Technology VP Expresses Optimism on the Medium

Tom Haunert, editor of Oracle Magazine, interviews Jim Cates, vice president of storage technology at Oracle, about the past, present, and future of enterprise tape technology in this webcast. Cates discusses the evolution of tape storage from a mainframe storage technology to its backup role, then to open systems, backup and recovery and a multi-tier storage paradigm. Current uses in long-term digital archiving find a tape solution the method of choice, he says. With the advent of Big Data, tape will come to play an even larger role, he suggests.
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30 Mar 2012
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Tape at 60: Long Live the Tape [25805]
Don't for a Moment, Think the End of the Road Has Come for Tape

Tape may turn out to be as long-lived as the Galapagos tortoise, though next-generation drives are a good bit speedier, writes Lucas Mearian in Computerworld. Even at 60 tape has encouraging prospects for a considerably longer period of utility in the IT world. According to Mearian, " ... tape is too fast and too cheap to write off. New open file formats are also making it possible to use tape in new markets." With the advent of Big Data and the cloud tape has even more to offer the storage market, he writes.
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