Why LTO?

The LTO Ultrium format is the preferred tape solution, brought to you by some of the most respected names in the storage industry. It’s an “open” format, which allows for compatible offerings from multiple vendors. It’s scalable, providing a broad range of system applications where high capacity, high transfer rates and high reliability is important. There’s also a well-defined technology roadmap, so you know that it’s a technology that you can rely on both today and in the future.

Your digital assets aren’t just important to you, they’re important to us too.

With LTO technology, you can rest assured that your digital assets are protected in a simple, cost-effective and secure system.  Learn more about how LTO technology meets your most critical needs.

The Tape Advantage

Tape remains unrivaled in terms of cost for capacity, reliability, portability and security, and it continues to play a crucial role in data protection. Tape can also complement a disk-based storage system by providing an offline or backup option. This means that your data can remain protected in the event of malware or a data security breach.

Tape and Disk
Tape and Disk

Tape works well with disk solutions to address different needs. Disk can help with fast backup and retrieval for high performance application needs, but once data becomes infrequently accessed it should be moved to tape.

According to a University of California-Santa Cruz three month study, more than 90 percent of disk stored data was typically never accessed again, and another 6.5 percent was only accessed once. This data could be stored on cost-effective tape. Tape is well-suited for this type of data, as it is a less expensive and less energy-consuming storage medium. Once data becomes infrequently accessed it should be moved to tape.
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The Ultimate Safety Net:
Off-line Tape Storage

What good is backed-up data if it’s corrupt?  Believe it or not, it’s actually common for a replicating disk-to-disk backup system to be wiped out by a system error. That’s why having an offline copy of data is so important.

Imagine if you were providing services to thousands of bloggers and all of their data got wiped out. This could happen, especially if the backup plan involved one disk drive replicating its data to another drive. A system error could erase the data on one drive leading the other drive to erase the backup data as well. This could result in a big disaster if there was no offline data available for a restore.

Consider another scenario – what if your system consisted of two servers backing each other up – and hackers were able to take out both of the site’s servers, rendering all information culled from years of hard work useless? Without offline backup data to provide recovery it could be disastrous.

The LTO Ultrium format’s future direction, roadmap and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice, and represent goals and objectives only.

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