Monday, December 15, 2014

Tape Storage - A solution for today and tommorrow

As organizational data storage needs continue to soar, the unique characteristics of tape storage and robust technology roadmap provides a compelling case for expanding its usage. The Tape Storage Council just released a memo that discusses the recent advances in tape including significant increases in capacity, performance, durability and reliability. Some of the highlights include the October, 2014 announcement by IBM of the new TS1150 tape drive with a 10 TB Enterprise tape cartridge, the 2013 announcement by Oracle of the T10000D tape drive including an 8.5 TB tape cartridge, and the September, 2014 LTO Consortium tape roadmap extension to generations 9 and 10 with compressed cartridge capacities of 62.5 TB and 120 TB respectively.  In addition, recent demonstrations by Fujifilm, Sony and IBM demonstrate the capability of tape storage to meet future capacity and performance requirements. The memo can be found at my website memo or visit the Tape Storage Council at Tape Storage Council