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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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14 Mar 2012
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Tape vs. Disk: Clipper Group Studies the TCO [25677]
Download Two White Papers

Oracle provides a link to downloads of two Clipper Group white papers on the subject of tape storage.

  • In Search of the Long-Term Archiving Solution -- Tape Delivers Significant TCO Advantage over Disk

  • Ten Reasons Why You Should Consider Enterprise-Class Tape for Open Systems

Registration is required to download these papers.
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31 Jan 2012
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Oracle Ships Over 1 Exabyte of Media for StorageTek T10000C Tape Drives [25333]
Also Leads in Shipments of Tape Libraries

Oracle has shipped more enterprise tape drives than any other vendor in the first half of calendar year 2011, according to IDC’s Worldwide Tape QView 1H 2011 Pivot. Oracle also shipped the most tape libraries, over 1,000 slots, and held over 70 percent market share for LTO libraries over 1,000 slots, according to QView 1H 2011 Pivot. Oracle’s StorageTek T10000C Tape Drive is the world's fastest tape drive, also delivering a 5TB native capacity -- the world's highest -- with a transfer rate of up to 252 MB/second.
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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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