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  • February 09, 2017 09 Feb'17

    Barracuda Backup 6.3

    Barracuda Backup 6.3 introduces multi-streaming and cloud-to-cloud backups to take bronze for 2016 Products of the Year in the backup hardware category.

  • December 29, 2016 29 Dec'16

    SwiftStack object storage cures Oklahoma biomed's capacity, cost woes

    The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation phased out NAS and tape backups with SwiftStack object storage. Nine SwiftStack nodes replicate between data centers for disaster recovery.

  • October 14, 2016 14 Oct'16

    Quantum Scalar platform grows with LTO libraries, StorNext appliance

    Quantum's unstructured data archiving platform consists of Scalar LTO tape libraries and StorNext data management. The vendor aims to make tape more efficient across multi-tiers.

  • July 29, 2016 29 Jul'16

    Quantum results indicate 'stable' backup market

    It’s no secret that storage sales have been hard to come by over the last year or two. Most of the large vendors experience product revenue decreases or small increases quarter after quarter. But ...

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  • Your enterprise data protection strategy should include cloud and tape

    The cloud generally makes sense for shorter-term data retention, but find out how it can also play a role in keeping data for longer periods of time. Continue Reading

  • How can I ensure that my tape backup technology is secure?

    With the portability of tapes and the ability to store terabytes of data on a single cartridge, appropriate security of tape backup storage is imperative. Continue Reading

  • Tape storage system viable for archiving, large backups

    No, the tape storage system isn't dead yet. This Drill Down explores how it lives on, mainly for archiving and with a boost from new technologies such as LTO-7 and Linear Tape File System, or LTFS.

    The seventh-generation LTO specification released in 2015 more than doubled the maximum compressed capacity to 15 TB and increased the data transfer rate to 750 MBps. LTO-7 also improved the bit error rate to a significant degree. The LTO Consortium already has LTO-8, LTO-9 and LTO-10 on its roadmap, each with significant capacity and performance improvements. For instance, draft specs for LTO-8 call for 32 TB of compressed capacity and sustained data transfer rates of up to 1,180 MBps.

    These tape storage system advances become more important as speedier technology such as solid-state drives raise users' storage performance expectations. The performance and capacity gains also come as tape faces increased competition from the cloud for archiving. While cloud providers can store data cheaply, it can take a long time to get data in and out of the cloud.

    LTFS creates partitions on tape and stores catalog information about files written to that tape. That makes it much easier to find and access files on a tape storage system than was possible before LTFS. Also known as tape NAS, it has been hailed as a tape's savior. While it hasn't caught on wildly, it is used by industries such as media and entertainment that make frequent use of archived tapes.

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