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When Will Tape Cease To Be Relevant? Probably Never.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been updating a number of technical documents about how LTO-7 and soon to be released LTO-8 have made quantum leaps in both capacity (recording density) and data reliability. During this process, I thought back to the days of old when we old-timers were just getting started, before data storage became a specialty. It’s somewhat mind-boggling how far data recording has progressed in recent years. Back in the day, the maximum data capacity of a 2,400-foot 9-track tape reel, recorded at 6,250 BPI was 170 MB. Today LTO-7 recording density is 19,107 bits/mm, which equates to 477,675 BPI, providing 6 TB per cartridge on a 3,400-foot piece of media—and LTO-8 is projected to have 12 TB per cartridge. Truly amazing!

Out of the Data Center, Onto the Highway.

Some of the most exciting innovations are happening right now in autonomous vehicle development, and our customers and partners are right in the middle of it. Quantum high-performance scale-out storage enables these researchers and scientists to develop safer and smarter self-driving cars like the ones above.

The Role of Tape in Tomorrow’s Data Center

It’s always nice to see objective, fact-based articles to help users make the right buying decisions. This article published last week by Storage Switzerland has some great facts about how to compare tape to other storage technologies in terms of data integrity, bandwidth, and even cost considerations.