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Archived Tape Articles
03 Jan 2012
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2011 International Magnetic Tape Storage Applications & Systems Roadmap [25189]
Digital data will exceed ten zettabytes in the next few years

The 2011 INSIC Magnetic Tape Applications & Systems Roadmap, released on November 30, 2011, is available for download.

The new Applications & Systems Roadmap is the culmination of a yearlong effort, led by INSIC’s Barry Schechtman (Executive Director Emeritus and Technical Director for INSIC’s TAPE Research Program) and which involved the participation of representatives of Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Imation, Oracle, Quantum, Spectra Logic and Symantec, as well as key inputs from industry analysts and applications experts in various fields.

The final report is balanced and credible, and delivers an optimistic outlook for tape storage going forward. However, INSIC also believe that this optimistic outlook will be fulfilled only if the tape storage industry continues to invest in the research and advanced development necessary to provide the future technologies that are needed.
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07 Sep 2011
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Tapes Have Significant TCO Benefits Over Disk [24545]
Two Studies Find Significant Advantages in Tape Storage

StorageNewsletter.com has published a story on the results of two studies of TCO in a variety of tape vs. disk scenarios. Both studies found that tape had long-term cost advantages when compared to a scenario that relied on a disk-only solution. The TCO under The Clipper Group scenario found the disk solution for long-term archiving to be more than $67M, contrasted to the $4.5M cost to deploy a tape solution a 12 year scenario. The cost of energy alone for disk at was $4M and only about $18k for tape.
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23 Feb 2011
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Redefining Tape Usage With StorageTek Tape Tiering Accelerator and StorageTek In-Drive Reclaim Accelerator [23913]
Enables Random Access and Removal of Physical Partitions

As the Oracle white paper "Redefining Tape Usage With StorageTek Tape Tiering Accelerator and StorageTek In-Drive Reclaim Accelerator" explains, the company's StorageTek T10000C tape drive is doing more than just improving “speeds and feeds” with its 5 TB native capacity and a native throughput rate of 240 MB/s. Instead, Oracle is changing the way applications use storage and defining new strategies for the use of tape. A new tape storage format with the StorageTek T10000C tape drive, using an innovative partitioning architecture, allows the addition or removal of storage space as needed. The StorageTek In-drive Reclaim Accelerator and StorageTek Tape Tiering Accelerator provide the capability to randomly access, add or delete physical partitions, which is a powerful tool in making tape the low cost storage of the future.
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16 Feb 2011
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Protecting Your Archival Data With Improved Tape Dimensional Stability [23912]
Oracle's Use of Aramid as a Tape Substrate Assures Archival Longevity

While magnetic tape has one of the longest archival lifetimes of all storage solutions now available, dimensional stability remains a problem with tape generally, and that has an effect on the robustness of data. Consequently, Oracle has chosen aramid as the StorageTek T10000 T2 substrate in order to assure superior tape dimensional stability performance and long-term archival life no matter what the storage environment. The Oracle white paper "Protecting Your Archival Data With Improved Tape Dimensional Stability" explains this, providing some insight into the factors that make for longer lasting tape.
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14 Feb 2011
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Evaluating Tape Drive Performance [23911]
Looking at Host Interface Speed Alone Is Not Enough

"Evaluating Tape Drive Performance" is an Oracle white paper that discusses the total performance of a tape drive, and how it should be evaluated to determine which drive provides the best performance solution. The paper cautions against selecting a new tape drive system on the criterion of host interface speed alone. The speed of the storage application in sending data to, or processing data from, the drive, and the speed at which the tape drive writes or reads data at the head/media interface are also vital considerations, it maintains. Oracle, the white paper asserts, is focused on delivering storage solutions rooted in true customer applications. By focusing on native drive performance, and doubling throughput on the newest StorageTek T10000 tape drive, Oracle is solving a real customer problem, the white paper concludes.
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08 Feb 2011
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Measuring the TCO of Tape Storage Solutions [23896]
An Oracle White Paper March 2010 (PFD, 29 Pages)

"Measuring the TCO of Tape Storage Solutions" is a tutorial that presents a framework and financial methodology to use in determining whether to adopt a proposed tape storage approach to enterprise storage needs, replacing the legacy tape systems still in place in so many installations.

Both the framework and methodology are illustrated by reference to an illustrative business case that considers each of the value drivers contributing to the cost of the legacy implementation. The examination then uses aggregate analysis of the value drivers to calculate the discounted total cost of ownership (TCO) savings: the difference in TCO between the status quo and proposed solutions. And, finally, additional financial measures further evaluate whether it is in the enterprise’s financial interest to replace the status quo solution with a proposed tape storage solution.
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