In this BlogBytes article you will find that LTO technology is a great home for scientific and life sciences data.

Scientific research disciplines create massive amounts of data that need to be stored, accessed and protected to facilitate on-going research. Storage managers are seeking solutions that will preserve these immense data reserves within budgetary constraints.


Life sciences are the study of living organisms. This can include zoology, biology, micro-biology, biochemistry, physiology and more. These research disciplines  and other scientific studies are in high gear especially during the worldwide pandemic. The sciences are creating enormous data stores that are bursting at the seams and stressing IT budgets. Legacy storage infrastructures can’t keep pace and are costing organizations far too much.  Case in point: Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) advances fundamental research that is critical to the U.S. in a variety of disciplines including nuclear and particle physics, artificial intelligence, clean energy and climate, and medical isotopes.  

BNL was experiencing enormous data storage growth. In a 3 year period its data stores grew from 60PBs of storage to 145PBs. They anticipated continual archiving of about 500PBs of data per year. They knew that they needed to be cost effective in data storage processes, data retrieval and data preservation. 

BNL determined that they needed an archival storage solution that would provide scalability, reliability, and technology enhancements for future growth.  


The laboratory implemented an active archive system based on LTO tape technology and LTO automated tape libraries that facilitated read-write access and high throughput for hundreds of petabytes.


As outlined in a case study, the LTO solution at Brookhaven National Laboratory helped provide:

  • Scalable growth – ability to increase tape library capacity and implement new generations of LTO technology
  • Lower cost – tape active archive system is much lower cost as opposed to disk storage alternatives
  • High usage / reliability – nearly 50,000 LTO tape cartridges in use with average 200 mounts per hour and zero data loss


Active archives, like the hefty one found at Brookhaven National Laboratory, are designed to preserve a large collection of data while providing access throughout its life cycle. They preserve data that is too valuable for an organization to dispose of, even if it is only accessed occasionally.

These archives can be found in many scientific disciplines and as BNL found, using LTO tape technology can not only protect the valuable information and provide access, but it can do it economically.

For more about the economic advantages of LTO technology see an ESG TCO study that compares tape, disk and cloud. The study found that an LTO tape system provided a TCO that was up to 86% less costly.