The LTO Program provided the scoop on LTO technology last month at the Storage Developers Conference (SDC) in Santa Clara, California. SDC is a long standing Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) conference created by storage developers for storage developers. A technical industry event, SDC hosts a variety of professionals focused on storage technology. From developers and architects to product managers, LTO (a Gold Sponsor of SDC) was dishing out the details to these industry insiders. In this BlogBytes post, we will review some of the conference highlights along with reviewing the inside scoop from the LTO Program.
SDC had a number of keynote and general session speakers covering topics ranging from scalable storage management and high performance flash systems, to cloud architecture and the future of storage in the datacenter. Many storage pundits see flash as a key component in data center storage for its high performance. However, by adding tape technology, the data center also gets the reliability, security and cost-efficiency for long-term data preservation. Alan Sarikelle and Terry Cochran, the LTO Program representatives (Figure 1), had many meetings with developers and product managers to discuss how LTO tape and the Linear Tape File System (LTFS) can provide a positive impact on data centers – both today and tomorrow.
Benefits of LTO Technology:
High Dependability – tape is a super-reliable solution. Need proof? LTO-7 is reported to be three orders of magnitude more reliable than enterprise disk.
Cost Efficient – tape remains the low cost storage option for acquisition, energy consumption, floor space usage and personnel. The cost to transport tape is also significantly less expensive. It’s easy to overnight an LTO cartridge versus paying hundreds of dollars to transfer data over the internet.
Secure – tape cartridges can remain offline, meaning they are separated from the system and cannot be electronically accessed. This creates an air gap between the tape and the system, helping to prevent unwarranted access by hackers and malware. In addition, LTO technology delivers powerful tape drive-based 256-bit AES encryption to protect sensitive information.
Fast Performance – LTO-7 drives can maintain an impressive data transfer rate of up to 300 MB/second native and 750 MB/second compressed; helping to manage the most demanding workloads. Additionally, LTO-7 tape is faster than the typical 7,200 RPM hard drive spec’d at 130 MB/second.
Huge Capacity – LTO-7 tape provides up to 6 TBs of native storage capacity and up to 15 TBs of compressed storage per cartridge. That’s more than twice the capacity of the previous generation, which helps you to do more with less.
Easily Portable – tapes are transportable and typically much more robust than a removable hard drive. By adding Linear Tape File System, you can also store large files across many different hardware and software platforms.
Easy-to-Use – LTFS – Linear Tape File System (LTFS) works in conjunction with LTO tape technology for ease of use and portability for open systems’ tape storage. LTFS is a small open software specification, a kind of software driver, which creates a simple and intuitive means of accessing data files on tape. The operating system’s graphical file manager and directory tree utilizes data on an LTO Ultrium tape cartridge and makes retrieving information as easy as dragging and dropping the file. LTFS is now an ISO standard and managed by SNIA.
It’s safe to say that the attendees at SDC got a delicious cone full of LTO technology information to help plan and implement critical data center storage projects. Yum!