Yes – you saw that correctly. The LTO Program Technology Provider Companies (of which Quantum is one of three TPCs) has published their updated road map and it shows a stunning potential of 120 TB per single cartridge for generation 10 of LTO technology. That is 600 times the capacity released for the first generation of LTO technology. The road map announcement is timely as the IBC show takes place this week and the theme of that show is “Content Everywhere”. While IBC (International Broadcasting Convention) is a vertically oriented event (broadcast vertical), the theme is relevant across many industries. How many of you are not in the broadcast industry but are experiencing a huge swell in the amount of content under management in your own organization?
I read a good article in SearchDataBackup recently on an interview Sarah Wilson conducted with Jon Toigo on LTFS (Linear Tape File System). LTFS is an open standard technology that allows you to use tape like NAS – drag and drop files to and from the tape, quickly access them from a directory on your screen, easily exchange them between different operating systems and software, etc. The interview provides a good overview of LTFS and where it’s being used, and he also shoots down some of the misconceptions about tape that I often hear.
Earlier today at IBC in Amsterdam, Quantum announced StorNext 5 Appliances, a new generation for StorNext that delivers dramatic new levels of performance, scalability and flexibility for the industry’s leading file system, tiered storage and archive. Newly engineered from the ground up, StorNext 5 is the result of over two years of development with our team of file system experts—many from the original StorNext team— examining virtually every line of code with the thought: “How can we optimize StorNext for our customers’ modern, evolving workflows?”
There are two areas in the data center where we think companies can completely rethink how they are storing, protecting and providing access to their ‘non-flash’ i.e. ‘non immediate work’ data based on a tiered storage approach. And they can do it TODAY.
With LTFS, you can write data to tape without being tied to the backup application that wrote them there. Granted, backup applications provide a lot of value in terms of revisions management, cataloging, etc., but many people I have spoken with are just looking for a simple way to take advantage of tape storage, and keep their data as independent as possible. LTFS is perfect for this. Now, back to the original question: using LTFS as an archive in the extra slots of a library. Not only is this a perfect use case for LTFS – using the open standard for digital asset storage and archive – it is also a great way to get the most out of a tape library by using some slots for traditional backup, and other slots for archive or active-archive storage.
By Mark Pastor
In Archive Storage, Data Protection, LTO Tape Libraries, Media & Entertainment, Object Storage, Scale-out Storage, Workflow StoragePosted
A couple weeks ago I worked with our Big Data team to put together an Archiving and Tiered Storage webinar. One suggestion for the webinar title was “So Much Storage, So Little Time” because of all the technologies people need to think about when piecing together a comprehensive data storage strategy that often includes primary storage, backup storage and long-term archive storage. Indeed, there are many exciting technologies to consider ranging from solid state, LTFS, Object Storage, intelligent tape vaulting, cloud-based backup and more. As technologies continue to develop, blurring the distinction between traditional use cases like backup and archive, it can be difficult to get clarity on the best strategy and the best technologies to meet your near-term andlong-term data retention and archiving requirements. Rather than fueling the confusion profusion, we decided to offer some straightforward guidance by titling the webinar “4 Key Considerations for Archiving.” Here are a couple tidbits from the webinar that are good reminders for anyone managing data growth and long-term storage.