"Tape lives," Chris Mellor proclaims in his article Tape vendors thrust LTFS tool at punters in The Register. Mellor observes that data lives in a spectrum with flash storage taking over from tape at the fast access end and disk storage gaining ground at the cold data, slow access need end.
Tape as a long-term data storage medium is far more cost-effective than disk, he contends, even deduped disk. With Linear Tape File System (LTFS) , tape presents a gigantic backup and archive resource for users who require easy access to huge datasets too large for disk.
Tape has survived the assault of deduplication and D2D technology, he writes, when the light went on at Seagate illuminating its Linear Tape Open (LTO) consortium and the standardization of the Windows/Unix/Linux tape hardware market. If LTFS can soften the grip on storage technology of proprietary backukp software companies, IDC predicts the amount of data kept on tape will continue to grow from its current level of implementation to an annual tape data storage CAGR of 45 per cent from 2010 through 2015.
Tape Storage Technology Comes of Age
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