While the pundits and prognosticators of the IT industry, and in particular the data storage sector, want to proclaim the death of tape for backups and archiving, the technology continues to roll on as if it can’t hear a single word.
With unstructured data becoming more and more ‘normal’, tape for backup and archiving is one of the best ways to protect these large file formats. Tape, however, is not just for this kind of storage. In fact, traditional uses of tape for backups continue to grow as the technology becomes more capable of handling larger data sets.
With the advent of LTO (Linear Tape –Open) 7 coming to the market in December of 2015, there is a fantastic opportunity to take advantage of the LTO-6 standard. With a raw capacity of 2.5 TB and a 2.5:1 compression rate, LTO-6 tapes have the capacity to do most jobs for a variety of IT backup and storage needs.
Some other features of the LTO-6 family are highlighted here from TechTarget’s SearchStorage site:
The native data transfer rate for Generation 6 is 160 MBps, and the compressed data rate is up to 400 MBps. LTO-6 supports previously added features such as WORM, hardware-based encryption, and partitioning, enabling LTFS. As with prior LTO generations, LTO-6 drives provide backward compatibility with the ability to read and write LTO-5 cartridges and read LTO-4 cartridges. An LTO Ultrium drive can read data from a cartridge in its own generation and two previous generations, and it can write data to a cartridge in its own generation and the immediate prior generation.
At Big Data Supply, Inc. we work with buyers and sellers of LTO-6 tape media. IT resellers from around the world buy data tape media from us in new, open-box and refurbished conditions. Data centers buy direct from us as well as they look to take advantage of our services for the LTO-6 market.
In order to have this inventory we buyback data tape media from data center owners / operators and resellers alike.
If you are looking for a way to either add to your LTO-6 inventory or offload LTO-6 data tape media to help recoup some of your investment, we should talk. Our goal is to help all types of business including large corporations, banks, hospitals, law-firms, government agencies, wholesalers and more meet their IT needs with the highest quality goods from a trusted partner.
Let’s talk to learn more about your needs and to determine if we are a good fit for each other. Call us today!