“Declines in the sales of tape media are decreasing and the death of tape has been postponed - indefinitely,” writes Chris Mellor of The Register.
According to recent numbers published by the Santa Clara Consulting Group, in the third quarter of 2013, cartridge sales hit $141.73 million. LTO accounted for a whopping 95 percent of revenue.
When looking at the LTO media type breakdown per version, they are as follows:
- LTO-4 - 38 percent of all units sold
- LTO-5 - 37 percent of all units sold
- LTO-3 - 13 percent of all units sold
- LTO-6 - 8 percent of all units sold
- LTO-1 and LTO-2 - 3 percent of all units sold
The brand breakdown (in terms of popularity) has HP with 31 percent of the market share, followed by Fuji and then IBM.
Trailing behind LTO tape cartridges, the second most popular technology is DDS/DAT at $4.9 million. DLS, DLT-V, AIT, and QIC sales were on the low end of the spectrum.
The following chart shows that magnetic data media sales did drop from 2008, but in Q3 of 2013 sales have leveled off. Mellor suggests that the number may rise gradually due to the use of archival tape used in the cloud and alongside disk. This spells good news for magnetic data media in the coming years.
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According to a recent report by Sebastian Anthony of ExtremeTech.com, it is quite important to understand the limitations of hard drives. For more than 30 years, computing has relied heavily on disk drives for storage and learned the hard way that they don’t last forever.
We too try to educate our clients on the limitations of disk drives. Thankfully, there is a study that has been completed by Backblaze, an online backup company that has undertaken a monster four-year study.
To gauge the longevity of disk drives, Backblaze kept 25,000 disk drives constantly online for the entirety of four years.
As the above chart indicates, hard drives enter into three phases. The first is 1.5 years in which the failure rate is 5.1 percent. The second phase is another 1.5 years that sees the failure rate drops to 1.4 percent. And the third leads to a 11.8 percent increase in failure rate.
This means that nearly 20 percent of all hard drives fail within four years. The study further revealed that drive deaths between 18 and 36 months of purchase tend to be caused by random failures. Those that fail beyond the fourth year tend to fail because they simply wear out.
What does this mean for your data? Without a doubt, it points to the importance of backing up your data!
At Big Data Supply, we strongly suggest considering tape as a means for longterm data storage. With the advancements in LTO tape and LTO data libraries of late, you have the power to secure your data for 30 years and more -- while saving yourself from short-term data failures that require immediate recovery.
Benefits of tape for long-term storage include (but aren’t limited to):
- It’s less expensive than online disk storage.
- It’s reliable/stable and can be stored for decades.
- The newest version of LTO tape (LTO-6) holds up to 6.25 TB compressed data.
- Tape can be recycled and reused.
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Curious how the LTO-6 differs from previous LTO versions? In the below video HP provides an extensive look into the technology and its true value.
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As you may already be aware, the Linear Tape Open Consortium made LTO-6 tape technology available to the market in the latter part of 2012. Defying the ridiculous claims by data storage experts that tape would be dead by now, the LTO community was thrilled at what they had accomplished with the LTO-6.
To give you an idea of their accomplishments, we will outline a handful of facts you should know about the impressive technology:
• LTO-6 holds up to 6.25TB of compressed data. Wildly enough, the medium’s capacity has more than doubled and its throughput boosted by more than 40 percent. This is excellent news for organizations wanting to keep their tape storage costs down, while accommodating massive amounts of data.
• LTO-6 Drives Offer 400MBps Performance. This means that it uses a 2.5:1 compression ratio and allows for up to 1.4TB of data transferred per hour. Now data management is much easier and time effective.
• Industry leading brands now ship LTO-6. Organizations with major data storage systems can rely on HP, IBM, Quantum, Fujifilm, Hitachi, Maxell, Imation, Sony, and TDK for their LTO-6 products. These brands understand the true value of tape and are committed to making it readily available to the world.
• LTO-6 includes encryption and WORM. These features were also offered in LTO-3, LTO-4, and LTO-5. Encryption helps secure important data, while WORM allows for organizations to store data in a non-rewritable format. They both help organizations meet compliance regulations as set forth by the SEC, Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, SOX, and more.
• LTO-6 Includes Partitioning Functionality, also known as LTFS. The Linear Tape File System is much of the reason data storage experts are eating their previous words that went something like “tape is dead.” Now it is possible to drag and drop files, which makes tape work in a very similar manner as a removable disk drive.
On a daily basis our team is asked by organizations to help them make cost-effective choices for their data storage infrastructures. We can’t be more thrilled with the LTO Consortium and the technologies they have made available in the recent months and years. Not only is LTO-6 impressive from a technical standpoint, it is very durable and can last for 30 or more years.
It has been said time and time again that “the steady horse wins the race.” In our minds, tape is the steady and reliable horse for safely storing data for decades to come.