Analyst and Media Quotes: 2013

“Archive-wise, tape appears to have substantial and enduring cost/TB and endurance ratings far beyond disk.”

– Chris Mellor, The Register, December 29, 2013

“Established technologies such as LTO-6 (Linear Tape-Open) and LTFS (Linear Tape File System) will remain at the core—allowing tape to be used as low-cost NAS. As a result, tape’s role in big data, cloud, high-performance computing and other data-intensive applications will continue to grow, and there will be a significant increase in archive solutions using LTFS and potentially the adoption of LTFS as a standard for tape storage.”

– Chris Preimesberger, eWeek, December 19, 2013

“LTO makes great sense for the retention of content as it moves from camera-based media to long-term archiving or mass portable storage.”

– Karl Paulsen, TVTechnology, November 25, 2013

“Tape is thriving as an archiving medium for long-term retention.”

– Drew Robb, Enterprise Storage Forum, October 23, 2013

“LTO performance and capacities are also evolving very well, and the cost per terabyte improves with each generation. LTO-6 came out in December 2012 and was one of the fastest new technology take-ups in years. Customer confidence has improved dramatically, partly because the experience with LTO-5 was so good.”

– Steve Mackey, The Register, October 14, 2013

“Believe it or not, today’s tape cartridges with LTO have a lower mean time between failures than individual hard drives. The claim that today’s tapes are failure-prone compared with disk is simply outdated and untrue… the point is that data written to tape is secure from both a reliability and encryption perspective.”

– Jason Buffington, SearchDataBackup, October 4, 2013 

“Tape is the only storage medium that can confidently say it can keep up with the growing amounts transactions, images, music, plus compliance needs, social media conversations and machine-to-machine messages that are being thrown at our IT systems.”

– Chris Mellor, The Register, September 25, 2013

“Tape is a much more portable medium. Only tape offers the benefit of being offsite and offline, both of which are increasing requirements in some regulated industries. The cloud cannot offer that.”

– Ben Woo, SearchDataBackup, September 20, 2013

“…In smart organizations where they’re confronting huge rates of storage growth and no budgetary increase to go along with it to help them buy the kind of storage they need, tape offers a very dense, very capable, very capacious storage modality for not a lot of money. And that may win at the end of the day.”

– Jon Toigo, SearchDataBackup, September 13, 2013 

“The narrative around tape has also gotten a lot more interesting with the introduction of the linear tape file system (LTFS) a year ago that enables a tape system to be used as a file server. That offers huge capacity for storing the 55% of data that takes the form of user files in most firms, while consuming only a few light bulbs’ worth of electricity — and well worth consideration in your storage tiering strategy.”

– Jon Toigo, SearchCIO-Midmarket, July 16, 2013

“Tape with LTFS has several advantages over the other external storage devices it would typically be compared to. First, tape has been designed from Day 1 to be an offline device and to sit on a shelf. An LTFS-formatted LTO-6 tape can store 2.5 TB of uncompressed data and almost 6 TB with compression. That means many data centers could fit their entire data set into a small FedEx box. With LTFS the sending and receiving data centers no longer need to be running the same application to access the data on the tape.”

“Tape allows for a clean sweep of data that simply doesn’t need to be on any form of disk but still needs to be kept. The cost and capacity of tape makes these ‘just in case’ copies very affordable.”

– George Crump, STORAGE Magazine, July 5, 2013

“Tape provides a more cost-effective medium by storing data in the form of an active archive using a file-system-based strategy. Why not leave the data on hard disk? The answer is that tape for active archiving is well over an order of magnitude more cost effective than hard disk. This base technology is called LTFS (Linear Tape File System), which makes writing to tape as easy as if it were disk using a file system.”

– David Hill, Network Computing, June 27, 2013

“If all of your data is in the cloud and you lose the data at your corporate site, you have to pull everything back over a relatively low-bandwidth pipe. That’s a really good place to augment the cloud with tape backup.”

– Matt Starr, Profile Magazine, Stabilizing the Future of Data, June 14, 2013

“Tape’s not going anywhere. Disk is the right tier for recovery. But as a long-term medium, tape still has its place. I like the idea of LTFS tapes because they are readily available and you can access them as a storage volume.”

“When people wanted something faster than tape but didn’t know how to use disk yet they came out with virtual tape libraries that treat disk as tape. LTFS reverses that. You have a tape job that looks like disk. And this tape is faster, more reliable, and the fact that it’s mountable gives it more use cases.”

– Jason Buffington, TechTarget, Quantum vmPRO adds LTFS tape support, DXi V-Series gains capacity, May 21, 2013

“The good or bad news, depending on how you look at it, is that tape is not dead; it has a useful place at the low end for backup and at the high end for archives.”

– Chris Poelker, Computerworld, Tape versus disk: The backup war exposed, April 29, 2013

“Many companies at the 2013 NAB show were showing LTO tape archiving technology. The LTO Consortium had a popular exhibit at the 2013 NAB promoting the new LTO 6 tape standard.”

– Tom Coughlin, Post Magazine, NAB 2013: Is Your Archive Active?, April 11, 2013

“According to the Enterprise Strategy Group’s Trends in Data Protection Modernization, tape is in use in 56% of data protection strategies today. That represents a lot of tape users, suggesting tape is far from dead as some have declared.”

– Jason Buffington, TechTarget, What will be the role of tape in a cloud-based world?, April 8, 2013

“For those who feel “tape is dead,” echoing statements of 25–35 years ago, there are continued arguments in favor of tape, at least for the foreseeable next decade. The shear volume of data being accumulated cannot possibly reside on optical media…”

– Karl Paulsen, TVTechnology, Increasing Storage Capacities With Nanotechnologies, April 1, 2013

“Combining disk and LTO with intelligent management software provides an attractive option for storing large volumes of high-resolution video assets for the long term.”

– Phillip Storey and Sam Bogoch, Broadcast Engineering – MAM systems offer broadcasters lucrative opportunities, April 1, 2013

“Tape is great for long-term storage, being reliable, high capacity and cheap, whereas disk arrays are fast but more limited in space.”

– Chris Mellor, The Register – Quantum tries to attract HOT TV stars … by adding object storage to archive, March 22, 2013

“First of all, most people are shooting on solid-state, so the crutch of putting a permanent camera master on a shelf is no longer an option. Secondly, LTO prices have dropped, the tools have improved, and the good word has spread. When I visit bigger sets, I’ll often see a DIT with a small LTO drive on their cart, speedily backing up footage as it’s shot to a palm-sized tape cartridge.”

– Helmut Kobler, StudioDaily – Review: HP StoreEver LTO-6 Ultrium 6250 Tape Drive, March 27, 2013

“For a technology that’s been declared dead since at least the Clinton (Bill, not Hillary) administration, there’s been a lot of news coming from tape vendors during the past few weeks as they update their product lines to use sixth-generation LTO tape technology to boost capacity and performance.”

– Howard Marks, Network Computing – HP, Quantum Update Tape Portfolios to LTO-6, February 7, 2013

“To bolster tape’s prospects in the eyes of customers, HP cites an independently funded study by The Clipper Group on the total cost of ownership (TCO) of long-term archiving of digital data. This concluded that “the cost of energy alone for the average disk-based solution exceeds the entire TCO for the average tape-based solution. So tape is significantly cheaper than disk for archival data and there is a resurgence in tape.”

– Chris Mellor, The Register – HP reels in late for LTO-6 party, yells: Tape is BA-ACK, February 1, 2013

“However, tape retains the edge over HDDs and flash in many cases. Tape cartridges cost well under $100 and hold terabytes of data. They also consume less power than HDDs because they don’t have to be kept spinning. When it comes to transporting very large amounts of data, shipping tapes overnight can be faster and cheaper than using a fat wide-area network pipe.”

– Stephen Lawson, Computer World – Tape Storage Finds New Life in the Enterprise and Beyond, January 23, 2013 

“As I noted in my article “Comparing LTO-6 to Scale-Out Storage for Long-Term Retention,” in these situations tape is an ideal storage type. Data on tape can still be automatically scanned for durability and it certainly meets the cost-effectiveness requirements.”

– George Crump, TechWeb – Plot An Effective Data Archive Strategy, January 8, 2013

“An LTO tape backup would have taken, at most, about two hours. Copying the data to a second hard disk, say a 2 TB removable SATA drive, may well have taken even less time. Depending on how far away the physical facility of the cloud service provider was located, couriering over a tape or a disk drive would likely have taken less than 24 hours. So, the story of the miracle of “across-the-wire HA for data” began to seem a tad less miraculous to me.”

– Jon Toigo, TechTarget – ‘New’ disaster recovery planning process looks a lot like the ‘old’ DR, January 4, 2013 – Analyst John Toigo discusses the benefits of LTO tape backup over cloud storage for data protection and recovery.