Analyst and Media Quotes: 2014

“LTFS software can also present a standard file system view of the files stored on the tape in LTFS format, just as if they were stored on traditional spinning disks or flash media. That’s important because it means users can drag and drop files or simply click on them to access them in the normal way.”

– Paul Rubens, Enterprise Storage Forum, October 28, 2014

“…although the 120TB figure is for capacity of compressed data, the cartridge is possibly one of the greatest achievements in tape and cartridge technology.”

– Archie Thomas, Gadget Helpline, September 11, 2014

“The non-proprietary format of LTO tape solutions enables ease of integration and long-term deployment, contributing to tape’s case as a scalable, long-term solution.”

– Steve Mackey, IT Pro Portal, July 15, 2014

“In regards to alternative technologies to tape, at the moment there are no emerging technologies – at least none of which we are aware – that can compete with tape in terms of its combination of very low cost per GB, high data rate, and future scaling potential.”

– Mark Lanz, EE Times, June 19, 2014

“Magnetic tape storage is one of those products that proves what’s old is actually new.”

– Dan Burger, IT Jungle, May 27, 2014

“LTO ultrium is adaptable and scalable backup tape format and its technology is continuously enhanced by its manufacturers to address the growing needs and requirements of the server environments of midrange to the enterprise class.”

– Shawn Paul, FM Transmitter, April, 2014

“Tape is an economical option for archiving and takes less energy to operate than disk… Tape will continue to do well in the marketplace.”

– John Hillard, TechTarget, March 31, 2014

“Tape is the archiving champ and has been for decades. Reliable, less expensive than disks and available in large-scale robotic systems that store petabytes.”

– Robert Harris, ZD Net, March 13, 2014

“There is general agreement that LTO tapes are the preferred solution, but even this widely recognized standard — open and freely available, like LTFS — is the subject of continuing evolution. We shall shortly see LTO-6 gaining ground on LTO-5, and many broadcast archives have a mixture of earlier LTO formats.”

– Tony Taylor, TV Technology, February 20, 2014

“Widespread adoption of the LTFS format means LTO tape can behave more like a disk drive in digital media workflows, and that’s good news for companies whose business plan is to provide flexible and foolproof ways for customers to use LTO tape throughout the production and post process.”

– Bryant Frazer, StudioDaily, February 26, 2014

“But if we can’t put it on hard drives, and spinning disk is just too expensive, what is the best long-term, archive-quality media? Everyone has stepped up and said it’s LTO.”

– Mark Ostlund, StudioDaily, February 26, 2014