The world is creating more data than ever before. Where is it going to live?

Did you know it is estimated that within 5 years internet devices, sensors and cameras will be generating nearly 80 zettabytes of data? This affects the cloud, the fog, the edge and how data will be stored. A new white paper from Fred Moore at Horison Information Strategies discusses the next frontier for data generation and storage and how LTO technology will play a paramount role.


The cloud is becoming the core data center and, as noted in the paper, “offers a ‘landing zone’ for backup, disaster recovery, as well as a staggering amount of archival and big data.” 

“Fog computing is an architecture that performs a substantial amount of computation and data reduction before moving data into the cloud. The IoT (Internet of Things) refers to the billions of physical devices on the edge that are connected to the internet, all using sensors to ingest and create enormous storage and compute demand for on premise and cloud environments.”

The colossal amount of data being generated is challenging organizations to adapt new strategies to store and protect the information for longer periods of time. In the new White Paper, Fred goes on to comprehensively discuss the cloud as well as fog and edge computing and the challenges that each of these areas face. 


What is a data lake? As defined in the paper, “A data lake is a large storage repository that holds a vast amount of raw data in its native file or BLOB format until it is needed.” It is cold data and can serve as a data archive awaiting future analysis.

Can a data lake become a swamp? Yes, according to Horison, “Having too much unorganized data creates complexity and can create a data swamp lacking the necessary context to make it useful. You can build a smart data lake by applying metadata at a later time making it easier to derive business insights and value.”

If your data lake continues to grow by leaps and bounds it can become a data ocean. There is a lot more to learn about data lakes, swamps and oceans in the paper. Suffice it to say, a lifeboat is needed to stay afloat in the giant sea of information.


Cloud service providers have recognized that there is a critical need for cost effective, secure and reliable storage for the massive amount of data that is being accumulated.  Horison explains that, “This archival data pile up has hastened the use of LTO [technology] in many cloud ecosystems to reduce costs, address cybercrime threats with offline storage via the tape air gap, and to preserve and discover the untapped value of archival data.”

Tape storage can be the lifeboat that keeps an organization afloat on a data lake or a deep data ocean. See the complete story in the Horison paper The Next Frontier for Tape.