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The LTO-4 tape drive format--touted for its high capacity and built-in encryption--is certainly appealing, yet only 10% of our survey respondents say they've implemented the technology. Another 33% say they'll deploy the new drives within the next six to 12 months, and an additional 26% will hop on the LTO-4 bandwagon, although they don't know when. LTO-4's 800GB capacity was cited by nearly 60% of respondents as the main reason they're deploying the technology. Of those without plans for deploying LTO-4, 34% say their current LTO configuration is adequate for their needs, 34% use a different format tape drive and 29% aren't ready for a technology refresh. In addition, 20% say LTO-4 drives are just too expensive. While much has been made about the new tape format's native encryption, 35% of respondents say they won't use this feature.
This was first published in December 2007