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Archived IT - Tape Articles
14 Sep 2017
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Tape Storage Capacity Looks Up As LTO-8 Looms [66472]
SearchDataBackup, September 14th, 2017

"Doubling the capacity from the previous generation, LTO-8 will present a strong option for data archiving. Tape systems can be an effective piece of tiered storage, officials say.

Tape storage capacity is about to get a bump with the release of LTO-8, giving it a boost as an option for long-term storage and offline data protection.

LTO-8 will offer 32 TB of compressed capacity per tape, sustained data transfer rates of up to 1,180 MBps for compressed data, uncompressed capacity of 12.8 TB and an uncompressed transfer rate of 472 MBps. LTO-8 drives are expected to be generally available in late 2017..."
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05 Aug 2017
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IBM Scientists Store 330TB Of Uncompressed Data In One Tape, Sets New World Record [65406]
TechWorm, August 5th, 2017

"The future of data storage is here: magnetic tapes. Scientists at IBM Research have created a new world record for storing over 330TB of uncompressed data on a single tape cartridge that can easily fit into the palm of a person's hand. This storage capacity is more than the world's biggest hard drives that are capable of holding about 330 million books.

The record set by IBM in collaboration with Sony Storage Media Solutions can support data storage densities of 201 GB per square inch which is more than 20 times the density of commercial tape drives that hold data between 5 GB and 7 GB per square inch. The researchers showcased this feat at the 28th Magnetic Recording Conference (TMRC 2017) in Japan..."
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24 Jul 2017
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Zombie Technology Life After Death Tape Is Still Alive [65208]
Storage IO Blog, July 24th 2017

"A Zombie Technology is one declared dead yet has Life after Death such as Tape which is still alive...

Sure we have heard for decade's about the death of tape, and someday it will be dead and buried (I mean really dead), no longer used, buried, existing only in museums. Granted tape has been on the decline for some time, and even with many vendors exiting the marketplace, there remains continued development and demand within various data infrastructure environments, including software defined as well as legacy..."
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06 Jul 2017
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Tape Here To Stay, Says Spectra Logic With LTO-8 2X Capacity Gain [64778]
ComputerWeekly, July 6th 2017

"'Tape is here to stay' - that is the view of Spectra Logic, which has told customers that if they buy its LTO-7 products now, they will get LTO-8 equivalents when available, probably by the end of this year.

Matt Starr, CTO at Spectra Logic, pointed out that the next generation LTO-8 tape standard will use TMR (tunnel magnetoresistance) to double tape cartridge capacity to 12TB uncompressed. He said he expected the use of TMR to boost tape capacity significantly over its next three or four generations..."
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27 Jun 2017
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Energy Conservation Strategy Supported By Value Of Tape [64582]
Data Center Knowledge, June 27th 2017

"In today's business climate, achieving results while maximizing resources has become more important than ever. IT leaders are focusing intently on every possible way to drive performance and extract as much value as possible from their systems and technologies while striving to conserve energy and reduce waste.

One critical area that IT leaders are looking at continues to be data storage..."
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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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