If there’s one thing we learned in 2016, it’s that businesses are looking to make data preservation more efficient and less costly. That includes managing the ever-growing size of data reserves, incorporating security measures to protect sensitive information and combating cyber-attacks.  The most popular BlogBytes (based on readership), published last year by the LTO Program, highlighted many of these trending topics.  In case you missed one last year, in today’s BlogBytes post we are sharing a summary of last year’s Top Ten. Enjoy!

  1. Lights – Camera – Action!

At the April 2016 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas, media and entertainment professionals from all over the world gathered to examine the most-innovative and cutting-edge technologies impacting the industry. The LTO Program showcased LTO-7 tape and the groundbreaking Linear Tape File System (LTFS). The #1 BlogBytes post of 2016 took a closer look at how LTFS works and how the media industry utilizes this technology to help manage and protect the torrent of content that video projects can produce.

  1. Linear Tape File System Now an International Standard

Not only is LTFS praised by LTO technology users, but it’s also recognized as an international standard by the International Standardization Organization (ISO).  This BlogBytes post discussed the steps that led to the standardization and relevance of LTFS as an open, easy-to-use, future-proof standard for the format of data on tape.

  1. Storage Industry Leaders Get the Scoop on LTO Tape!

The LTO Program provided the scoop on LTO technology in September 2016 at the Storage Developers Conference (SDC) in Santa Clara, California. SDC hosted a variety of professionals focused on storage technology, from developers and architects to product managers.  The topics covered, ranged from scalable storage management and high performance flash systems, to cloud architecture and the future of storage in the data center.

  1. Tape: There’s So Much to Love

How are clients making use of LTO technology? Can it affect storage budgets, reduce energy consumption and help thwart a cyber-attack while improving the ability to easily archive and preserve data? This BlogBytes post examined how The Bridge, a video post-production firm, and NASA derive important benefits from LTO and LTFS technology.

  1. Where to Put 40 ZBs of Data?

Industry analyst firm IDC projected that by the year 2020, the digital universe will reach 40 zettabytes. Where is all of this data going to be stored long-term? Businesses need to store this data in the most efficient, reliable and economical manner while also maintaining easy access and secure protection of the content. This BlogBytes compared Blu-ray optical disc and LTO-7 tape as contenders to take on this big data challenge.

  1. I’ve Got My Head in the Clouds – Is a Storm Coming?

Cloud storage can be convenient, efficient and cost-effective. However, when it comes to using the cloud for disaster recovery (DR), some storage managers worry about an impending data storm. In this BlogBytes post we examined some of the most notable concerns with cloud DR and how LTO tape technology is the silent partner that can help provide peace of mind.

  1. Attendees Swarm LTO Technology Booth at IBC in Amsterdam

In September, nearly 100,000 broadcasters, movie producers, post production companies and technical experts attended the International Broadcasters Conference (IBC) in Amsterdam. The LTO Program team was on-hand to demonstrate all the benefits of LTO-7 technology and LTFS.  This BlogBytes post highlighted how the Czech division of HBO Europe made creative use of LTO and LTFS technologies. It also included a video interview with a renowned industry analyst, Tom Coughlin.

  1. Data Security Featured at International Conference

Defending against cyber-attacks and preventing data disasters continued to be a number one priority on CTO’s agenda.  This BlogBytes post kept readers up to date with about The LTO Program’s presence at the IFSEC International Security Conference that took place in London, England.  Participants were able to learn more about LTO-7 tape technology, the Linear Tape File System (LTFS) and security solutions to help protect data from theft, vandalism, sabotage and cyber- attacks.

  1. LTO-7 Technology Reveals Security Storage Secrets

How is video content currently stored? What does it cost? And, how can you store video content more efficiently? These data security topics and many more were discussed at the ISC West 2016 conference last spring, which attracted nearly 30,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors.  The LTO Program was at the conference to answer these important questions around data security and cost.

  1. Tape: The Best Four-Letter Word

Last but not least, there are a number of four letter words in the storage world, but tape is the BEST of them all! Coming in at number ten, this BlogBytes post reviewed top business initiatives and NBC’s use of LTO technology to archive the massive amounts of video footage that was generated from the Rio Summer Olympic games.

That’s a wrap! Thanks for reading and we are looking forward to discussing the top trends of 2017 in BlogBytes this year. You won’t want to miss it!