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Vol. 6 No. 10 December 2007

Snapshot: Will you adopt LTO-4?

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. --Andrew Burton

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Features in this issue

  • Talking up server virtualization, security at SNW

  • VTL data management issues

    As disk libraries become the primary backup target for near-term data recoveries, storage managers are exploring new ways to exploit tape's high capacity, low cost and mobility. Disk is the best medium for fast backups and recoveries, and many companies have turned to virtual tape libraries as a way to put disk in their backup process. On the surface, it may seem easy to implement a VTL, but there are many subtle operational issues that must be dealt with to ensure that your data can be recovered quickly when needed.

  • Snapshot: Will you adopt LTO-4?

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