You heard that right, the wait is over, LTO-8 tape is back! If ever there was anything sexy about tape this is got to be one of those moments…LTO-8 media is back, and boy are we glad!
We will be seeing an influx of LTO-8 media flood the market very soon. This news couldn’t have come at a better time as we continue to see an increase in the demand for low cost, greater capacity, long term archive requirements in many enterprises; LTO tape continues to deliver solutions for these requirements delivering high storage capacity, blazing-fast transfer rates, easy-to-use functionality, and steadfast reliability. LTO is still the ideal solution for long-term data retention and archiving.
The announcement by the LTO Consortium came on August 5, 2019, stating that Fujifilm and Sony are now both licensees of Generation 8 technology. The relevance of tape continues to increase in archive and offline long-term storage particularly with large cloud providers but also those SMB customers with tight budgets. With up to 30 TB of compressed capacity and up to 750 MB/s data transfer rates, LTO Generation 8 continues to push innovation. For more details, the announcement can be found here.
It is projected that by 2020 data will grow to 44 zettabytes; that is a 50-fold growth from the beginning of 2010; the largest culprits of this growth include machine and sensor data, hi-res video, and digital documents and images and that is just to name a few.
The outlook for LTO tape remains bright and strong with current and future generation delivering tremendous scalability and growth. As data grows by the second in gigantic steps, LTO can provide longevity, security, and assurance at a lower cost than other storage solutions.
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