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Spectra Logic Joins the LTO-8 Advance Party

by Administrator on October 11, 2017

Today, Spectra Logic announced a tape technology “pre-purchase” program that provides customers with LTO-7 tape drives and media for use until LTO-8 technology becomes available.  The customer goes to the head of the line and will be the first to receive the new drives when they begin shipping.

According to the announcement from the Boulder, CO-based storage stalwart:

“LTO-8 tape technology doubles the capacity of LTO-7 to an astonishing 30 TB compressed (12TB native) per cartridge, and improves performance by 20 percent, up to 360MB/sec. The additional capacity equates to fewer tape cartridges required to store the same amount of data while the performance boost translates into the need for fewer tape drives to do the same amount of work. In addition, the new LTO-8 drives are backward compatible with LTO-7 tape media, allowing users to read/write any LTO-7 media.”

“Once available, LTO-8 tape drives and media will ship with Spectra’s entire line of tape libraries and be fully compatible with Spectra’s BlueScale® library software. When fully populated with LTO-8 drives and media, all of Spectra’s tape libraries, including its most compact, the Spectra® T50e Tape Library, will support at least one petabyte of compressed storage capacity. The Spectra TFinity® ExaScale® Tape Library configured with LTO-8 will deliver 58PB of compressed storage capacity in a three-frame footprint and up to 1.6EB of compressed storage capacity in Spectra’s largest configuration of 44 frames. In addition, LTO-8 tape technology will support LTFS, WORM and AES 256-bit hardware encryption.”

We are delighted to see the swirl of interest around tape technology and we liked an infographic that Spectra created in time for its announcement.  Here is a copy in PDF format. 

LTO8 Infographic

Alternatively, you can DOWNLOAD infographic directly from the company website and REGISTER for a free webinar to be held on 2 November while you are there.

Thanks, Spectra Logic, for sharing the news with us.

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At Long Last: Data Management Institute Reboot

by Administrator on October 10, 2017

Following a server hack in May, we thought long and hard about rebuilding our little “empire” of web sites and came to the conclusion that we would combine Storage Management.org, Security Management.org, Archive Management.org, DRplanning.org, Information Management.org, and a couple of other blogs into a single Data Management Institute portal.  We are pleased to announce that the work is done and the site is live.

 

 

DMI offers rich content and a bit of humor.  Helmed by our AI, Barry M. Ferrite, DMI offers content that you aren’t seeing in most outlets.

Additionally, DMI offers communities of interest with associated blogs, consolidating our many other sites into one holistic, data-centric, presentation.

And for those who want it, we are pushing out a lot of free certification training programs covering different dimensions of data management (cognitive data management, data archive, data protection, data security) as well as IT strategy and storage fundamentals.

Registration on the site is only required if you want to comment on blogs and access certain members only content in the future.  So, come for a visit and sign up if you are inclined. Bonuses, wins, prizes, free spins – these all are my new best friends now with exceptionally good graphics and intuitive interface in Canadian casino.

Special thanks to sponsors Fujifilm USA and Caringo for helping to defray the costs for hosting the new portal site.  Enjoy.

 

 

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No H8 for LTO-8

by Administrator on October 10, 2017

Okay.  We admit it.  We like tape on this blog.  Tape solves a ton of problems efficiently and cost-effectively.  Tape is green.  It has a lot of capacity — especially the latest enterprise and LTO varieties — and it is getting bigger.  Tape is resilient.  It provides an air gap to prevent the spread of malware and viruses.  Tape’s performance is more than adequate for workloads like archiving and backup and it will likely come into greater use as a cloud seeding mechanism in the future.  Bottom line:  tape is great.  No H8 for Tape here.

Those are some of the reasons why we were delighted to be invited by IBM to their Executive Briefing Center in Tucson, AZ to get a preview of the announcement, made today, of their forthcoming LTO-8 tape drive and technology.  Here are their comments:

 

This is the final segment of a longer video we shot at IBM Tucson, featuring Calline Sanchez, Tony Pearson, Lee Jesionowski, and Ed Childers.  You can see all of the segments here or at the new and improved Data Management Institute website, which is rebooting today.

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Tape Skills Gap? Say It Isn’t So

by Administrator on October 10, 2017

For all the enthusiasm around tape technology that we encountered during our visit to IBM’s Executive Briefing Center in Tucson, AZ, we worried that there might be an impediment to the uptake of tape technology in the form of a lack of training. 

We wrote about this some time back:  after presenting a DMI certification course in data protection and disaster recovery in London, a fellow came up to us and said that he had never heard of this “tape technology” we had referenced in the coursework.  “It sounds like something that could really help with some of the problems we have today.”

Turned out that the fellow, a virtualization administrator trained at the knee of VMware, had never heard of tape.  We worried that this might be the death knell for the technology, but IBM thinks otherwise.  Tony, Calline and Ed gave us their view of the situation in this video.

 

 
Thanks again to IBM for having us out to the Tucson, AZ Executive Briefing Center to learn more about IBM’s innovations in tape technology, underscored by today’s announcement of LTO-8 technology support.

And, by the way, the Data Management Institute is working on a storage foundations training program anyway for all the virtualization administrators who need to expand their knowledge of storage technology.

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Security Concerns May Be Helping To Drive Tape Technology

October 10, 2017

It seems like we can’t pick up a newspaper or visit an online aggregator without encountering yet another tale of data security gone wrong.  Whether its a virus, a phish, or a ransomware attack, we are seeing a lot of “the dark side” of the Internet these days. So, information security is front and center […]

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Archive is Tape’s Killer App

October 10, 2017

Today’s announcements from IBM around LTO-8 tape technology found receptive ears here.  We got an advanced briefing in Tucson, AZ from four of IBM’s big tape brains and the conversation turned to the “killer app” that they saw sustaining tape in this age of silicon storage.  In a word, the unanimous response was “data archiving.” […]

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Cloud and Tape: Together at Last

October 10, 2017

If you thought that clouds were supposed to kill tape, think again.  Cloud and tape are fast becoming BFFs, and your cloud storage services bill will benefit from the relationship. That’s according to IBM.  Big Blue invited us out to Tucson, AZ to get a first look at their new LTO-8 tape drive and to […]

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Storage is Like a Pittsburgh Steak

October 10, 2017

IBM’s announcement today around LTO-8 technology plays into a metaphor that Eric Herzog has been using for some time:  contemporary storage infrastructure needs to be configured like a Pittsburgh Steak, with hot edges and a cold center.  That is, IBM is pressing customers to consider flash and disk on the edges of their storage infrastructure […]

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IBM Says Tape Is Required to Handle Zettabytes of New Data

October 10, 2017

We’ve been talking about a coming Zettabyte Apocalypse for awhile now.  Cloud operators tell us that they are very concerned about how they will store all the bits — given the manufacturing limitations of current flash and disk storage vendors.  Tape, it appears, is an important part of the solution. IBM offers enterprise tape, aka […]

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IBM Announces LTO-8 Tape Drive

October 10, 2017

We heard that IBM was going to jump ahead with LTO-8 technology — even while LTO-7 was still selling briskly.  Curious to understand the reasoning, we jetted off to the IBM Executive Briefing Center in Tucson, AZ to chat with some of the industry’s brightest about tape innovations and technologies.  We weren’t disappointed. Here is […]

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