ANALYST AND MEDIA QUOTES

2019

“There’s something else that tape offers that no other storage medium currently offers and that’s on-the-fly, transparent compression which can go up to 2.5:1 and works best on text files (rather than multimedia which is already heavily compressed).”

TechRadarPro,  September 24, 2019

That air gap of being disconnected from the network is critical as ransomware even has a way of getting into backups now. When you’re talking about a tape stored safely away in a library, that’s not going to happen.”

TechTarget,  August 29, 2019

“Incremental indexing reduces the tape space needed for the index data so more data can be written to the tape, and also reduces the index writing time. Both are particularly helpful when small files are written to the tape. The LTFS people have IOT sensors generating small files of data which can now be written more efficiently to tape.”

Blocks and Files, July 7, 2019

The advent of Linear Tape File System (LTFS), a format developed by IBM and adopted with variations by HP, Quantum, and the LTO Consortium, makes the use of LTO (an open-format tape storage technology) magnetic tape both fast and compatible with more modern systems; with an LTFS operating system extension deploying a graphical file manager and directory tree for rapid access to data on an LTO tape cartridge.”

Computer Business Review,  April 9, 2019

“Tape still commands a large chunk of the backup market, and with good reason: it’s the cheapest method of backing up data, and people are familiar with it.”

IT Jungle,  March 27, 2019

“Storage industry experts maintain tape backup remains one of the most reliable and cheapest ways to retain data, and it’s the best way to store a golden copy of data safe from malware. Tape vendors continue to improve the core technology and add services revolving around it.”

TechTarget,  March 18, 2019

“Tape has always stayed competitive in areas that require long-term data retention. Today it’s becoming even more relevant because it combines durability, performance, efficient management, and low cost – making a huge difference to companies dealing with massive data and active retention.”

Enterprise Storage,  March 7, 2019

“In an increasingly digital world where the cloud is vulnerable to hackers and cyberattacks, tape offers secure offline storage. Tape also has price working in its favor. A 1-terabyte portable hard drive costs about $50, but a tape cartridge with the same capacity only costs $5.”

Quartz,  February 27, 2019

“[…] it’s an excellent choice for long-term retention, archiving and disaster recovery. In fact, ESG found that 67 percent of companies that use tape use it mostly for archiving.”

IT Pro Today,  February 7, 2019

“[Tape] has retained its use case for certain industries (such as healthcare) were archiving, long-term retention and compliance are key priorities. Tape is still one of the cheapest available forms of storage and provides an ‘air gap’ on-site for security purposes, particularly when critical data is at stake.”

Information Age,  January 25, 2019

“When it comes to protecting data from entropic damage, monitoring and managing data stored on tape must be considered. Technology exists to scan LTO-stored data to validate its integrity and takes the necessary steps to protect it by automatically making a new copy of the data on a fresh tape.”

TVTechnology,  January 23, 2019

2018

“Increasing tape’s areal density has other benefits. It’s not only the price per gigabyte that’s falling as more data is written to each cartridge; cost of storing the media is falling in sync.”

Cloud Pro,  December 12, 2018

“There have been plenty of backup mediums to compete with tape over the years. Magnetic tape storage maintained its dominance for the better part of half a century because tapes are comparatively cheap, they are portable and they have high capacity.”

TechTarget,  December 12, 2018

“In a renewed security best-practice scenario backups are copied on to tape, which are kept on site in a library as a “secure, offline copy” to protect against malware. Beyond eliminating the cost of third-party vaulting services, this strategy has major financial benefits because tape is the least expensive media.”

Data Center Dynamics,  November 2, 2018

“Consider tape backup. Sophisticated remote and cloud-based data backup services can be costly, whereas tape can be a cost-effective alternative, especially for data that is not needed daily or even hourly for business operations.”

TechTarget,  October 15, 2018

“Tapes are also a good choice for organizations that need to ensure the security and integrity of their data backups. As previously noted, tapes can be stored offline, thus preventing ransomware from being able to attack backups. However, there are other security advantages. Tape encryptionhas been supported since the release of the LTO-4 standard.”

TechTarget,  July 24, 2018

“With the release of LTO-8 and recent reports that total tape storage capacity continues to increase dramatically, tape is a strong option for long-term retention. But even tape advocates say it’s going to take a comprehensive approach to storage that includes other forms of media to handle the data influx.”

TechTarget,  July 12, 2018

“[LTO tape] still presents a valuable backup and archiving opportunity. LTO features high capacity, durability and portability for a comparatively low cost.”

TechTarget,  June 21, 2018

“Tape is tried and true. Time over, it has proven to be a safe, persistent and trustworthy content storage medium – having been around for decades with a robust roadmap. Relegated to the archive spot in a workflow for many years, its use cases have transformed again, mainly because of its price point and ability to scale to meet current and future content storage needs.”

The Broadcast Bridge,  June 4, 2018

“The automation and retrieval of long term archival content from LTO 8 devices enables clients to retrieve content overnight and have it ready ready to go for the next working day. Efficient, fast and on site. This we believe is still the fastest way of working today, especially with tighter budgets and faster turnaround times.”

The Broadcast Bridge,  May 28, 2018

“Tape is no longer general-purpose storage, but it serves an important purpose for active archives and long-term backup retention and archival.”

Enterprise Storage Forum,  March 29, 2018

“Demand for tape technology is being fueled by widespread data growth, tape’s highly favorable economics, the industry’s lowest energy requirements, and mounting pressure to address the surging wave of cybercrime.”

Digitalisation World,  March 29, 2018

“If you suffer a data breach, the intruder can get at anything on your hard drive storage arrays, but there’s no getting at a tape cartridge sitting in a holder. It’s physically disconnected from anything, and even if it were seated in the reader, tape drives are not readable like a hard disk.”

Network World,  March 20, 2018

“Magnetic tape continues to play an important role in many data centers due to its low cost for adding digital storage (current media cost is considerably less than 1 penny per GB) and for its low operating costs (when media isn’t being used it requires no power).”

Forbes,  March 14, 2018

“Imagine for a moment you suffer a massive ransomware attack and lose a significant amount of data. Let’s also assume the ransomware destroyed your disk-based backups. In a situation like this, the tape backup remains unaffected because even the most advanced ransomware can’t overwrite a tape that isn’t mounted in a tape drive.”

TechTarget,  March 8, 2018

“Unlike buzzing, whirling hard drives or power-dependent SSDs, magnetic tape cartridges simply sit on a shelf, patiently waiting to be called back to action whenever the need arises. Keep the tape cool and comfortable, and its backup data will be fully readable for years, perhaps even decades.”

TechTarget,  January 31, 2018

“[LTO-8] doubles data capacity from previous generation LTO solutions, shortens data access times by 20 percent and drives media costs below the half-cent per GB barrier.”

Enterprise Storage Forum,  January 15, 2018

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