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Tape storage capacity plays important role as data increases

As the amount of new data created is set to hit the multiple-zettabyte level in the coming years, where will we store it all?

With the release of LTO-8 and recent reports that total tape storage capacity continues to increase dramatically, tape is a strong option for long-term retention. But even tape advocates say it’s going to take a comprehensive approach to storage that includes other forms of media to handle the data influx.

Tape making a comeback?

The annual tape media shipment report released earlier this year by the LTO Program showed that 108,000 petabytes (PB) of compressed tape storage capacity shipped in 2017, an increase of 12.9% over 2016. The total marks a fivefold increase over the capacity of just over 20,000 PB shipped in 2008.

LTO-8, which launched in late 2017, provides 30 TB compressed capacity and 12 TB native, doubling the capacities of LTO-7, which came out in 2015. The 12 TB of uncompressed capacity is equivalent to 8,000 movies, 2,880,000 songs or 7,140,000 photos, according to vendor Spectra Logic.

“We hope now [with] LTO-8 another increase in capacity [next year],” said Laura Loredo, worldwide marketing product manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, one of the LTO Program’s Technology Provider Companies along with IBM and Quantum.

The media, entertainment and science industries have been traditionally strong users of tape for long-term retention. Loredo pointed to more recent uses that have gained traction. Video surveillance is getting digitized more often and kept for longer, and there is more of it in general. The medical industry is a similar story, as records get digitized and kept for long periods of time.

The ability to create digital content at high volumes is becoming less expensive, and with higher resolutions, those capacities are increasing, Quantum product and solution marketing manager Kieran Maloney said. So tape becomes a cost-efficient play for retaining that data.

Tape also brings security benefits. Because it is naturally isolated from a network, tape provides a true “air gap” for protection against ransomware, said Carlos Sandoval Castro, LTO marketing representative at IBM. If ransomware is in a system, it can’t touch a tape that’s not connected, making tapes an avenue for disaster recovery in the event of a successful attack.

“We are seeing customers come back to tape,” Loredo said.

LTO roadmap
The LTO roadmap projects out to the 12th generation.

Tape sees clear runway ahead

“There’s a lot of runway ahead for tape … much more so than either flash or disk,” said analyst Jon Toigo, managing partner at Toigo Partners International and chairman of the Data Management Institute.

Even public cloud providers such as Microsoft Azure are big consumers of tape, Toigo said. Those cloud providers can use the large tape storage capacity for their data backup.

Tape is an absolute requirement for storing the massive amounts of data coming down the pike.
Jon Toigochairman, Data Management Institute

However, with IDC forecasting dozens of zettabytes in need of storage by 2025, flash and disk will remain important. One zettabyte is equal to approximately 1 billion TBs.

“You’re going to need all of the above,” Toigo said. “Tape is an absolute requirement for storing the massive amounts of data coming down the pike.”

It’s not necessarily about flash versus tape or other comparisons, it’s about how best to use flash, disk, tape and the cloud, said Rich Gadomski, vice president of marketing at Fujifilm and a member of the Tape Storage Council.

The cloud, for example, is helpful for certain aspects, such as offsite storage, but it shouldn’t be the medium for everything.

“A multifaceted data protection approach continues to thrive,” Gadomski said.

There’s still a lot of education needed around tape, vendors said. So often the conversation pits technologies against each other, Maloney said, but instead the question should be “Which technology works best for which use?” In the end, tape can fit into a tiered storage model that also includes flash, disk and the cloud.

In a similar way, the Tape Storage Council’s annual “State of the Tape Industry” report, released in March, acknowledged that organizations are often best served by using multiple media for storage.

“Tape shares the data center storage hierarchy with SSDs and HDDs and the ideal storage solution optimizes the strengths of each,” the report said. “However, the role tape serves in today’s modern data centers is quickly expanding into new markets because compelling technological advancements have made tape the most economical, highest capacity and most reliable storage medium available.”

LTO-8 uses tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) for tape heads, a switch from the previous giant magnetoresistance (GMR). TMR provides a more defined electrical signal than GMR, allowing bits to be written to smaller areas of LTO media. LTO-8 also uses barium ferrite instead of metal particles for tape storage capacity improvement. With the inclusion of TMR technology and barium ferrite, LTO-8 is only backward compatible to one generation. Historically, LTO had been able to read back two generations and write back to one generation.

“Tape continues to evolve — the technology certainly isn’t standing still,” Gadomski said.

Tape also has a clearly defined roadmap, with LTO projected out to the 12th generation. Each successive generation after LTO-8 projects double the capacity of the previous version. As a result, LTO-12 would offer 480 TB compressed tape storage capacity and 192 TB native. It typically takes between two and three years for a new LTO generation to launch.

In addition, IBM and Sony have said they developed technology for the highest recording areal density for tape storage media, resulting in approximately 330 TB uncompressed per cartridge.

On the lookout for advances in storage

Spectra Logic, in its “Digital Data Storage Outlook 2018” report released in June, said it projects much of the future zettabytes of data will “never be stored or will be retained for only a brief time.”

“Spectra’s projections show a small likelihood of a constrained supply of storage to meet the needs of the digital universe through 2026,” the report said. “Expected advances in storage technologies, however, need to occur during this timeframe. Lack of advances in a particular technology, such as magnetic disk, will necessitate greater use of other storage mediums such as flash and tape.”

While the report claims the use of tape for secondary storage has declined with backup moving to disk, the need for tape storage capacity in the long-term archive market is growing.

“Tape technology is well-suited for this space as it provides the benefits of low environmental footprint on both floor space and power; a high level of data integrity over a long period of time; and a much lower cost per gigabyte of storage than all other storage mediums,” the report said.

Box workflow gets upgrade with Progressly purchase

Box last week acquired workflow software company Progressly for an undisclosed amount, with the hopes of upgrading its own core workflow and automation to better suit its customers.

The acquisition of Progressly is an interesting one for document management company Box, as it just last year released Relay, a product it developed in partnership with IBM that is also meant to help companies with workflow management. The idea behind the Progressly purchase, according to analysts, is to beef up the Box workflow capabilities.

“While Box and IBM have been talking about Relay for years, I have not seen much traction of it in the industry,” said Alan Lepofsky, a principal analyst at Constellation Research Inc. “I think it will be good for Box to expand the capabilities of their own native workflow engine, increasing the number of triggers and actions that can occur both inside Box, as well as becoming an engine for processes within other tools.”

The importance of workflow automation for companies can’t be understated. Between onboarding, contract management and other business necessities, a company can save a lot of time and money with a capable automation process.

While the Box workflow capabilities were there, they were described as “rudimentary” by Holly Muscolino, a research vice president at IDC.

“The way [Box] is positioning it is that the software from Progressly, or at least the team at Progressly, will develop software that will go into the core Box product,” Muscolino said. “They have a rudimentary workflow in Box, but this will enhance that.”

Box also has partnerships established with other business process companies, like Nintex and Pega.  Muscolino said she sees this acquisition as potentially adding triggers to get partner processes automated within Box.

And improving the Box workflow capabilities is not expected to lead to a new product, according to Lepofsky, but rather enhance the existing features within Box.

Native workflow inside Box should be considered more of a feature and not an additional monetary channel.
Alan Lepofskyprincipal analyst, Constellation Research Inc.

“Native workflow inside Box should be considered more of a feature and not an additional monetary channel,” Lepofsky said.

Lepofsky added that customers can find more automation capabilities within competitors, like Microsoft OneDrive and Flow. And by beefing up the workflow with the Box acquisition of Progressly, the company is trying to better challenge the other players in the market.

“I think the driving factor was customer need,” Lepofsky said. “The opportunity to help automate content-centric workflows is a big step in helping people get their jobs done.”

While improving the Box workflow features seemed to be the main reason for the Progressly purchase, Box’s chief product officer, Jeetu Patel, also made it clear that the small team of 12 at Progressly was a factor in the acquisition, calling the team in a blog post a “group of highly talented individuals that have created a world-class product with a vision that is directly aligned with the team here at Box.”

Patel added that the Progressly team will “allow us to play a bigger role in how Box customers digitize and automate business processes.”

The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Looking for laptop, £220 to spend

Hey,
My Macbook screen has broken and will cost a obscene amount to replace. Looking for a stopgap machine, ideally windows.

Upto £220 to spend. What you got?

Cheers

Location: Biggar, South Lanarkshire

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Looking for laptop, £220 to spend

1x 128gb Intenso SSD + 8TB Seagate External HDD + Corsair Strafe RGB

As in the title 2* 128GB Intenso SSD’s as in the link below, both with not a huge amount of use.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Intenso-3812430-128GB-SATA-Performance/dp/B0093RN0PI

Just one SSD left now

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Seagate 8TB External £155 Inc

As in the link below, boxed and complete got this just before xmas, but no longer required

Buy Seagate…

1x 128gb Intenso SSD + 8TB Seagate External HDD + Corsair Strafe RGB

1x 128gb Intenso SSD + 8TB Seagate External HDD + Corsair Strafe RGB

As in the title 2* 128GB Intenso SSD’s as in the link below, both with not a huge amount of use.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Intenso-3812430-128GB-SATA-Performance/dp/B0093RN0PI

Just one SSD left now

——————————————————————————————————–
Seagate 8TB External £155 Inc

As in the link below, boxed and complete got this just before xmas, but no longer required

Buy Seagate…

1x 128gb Intenso SSD + 8TB Seagate External HDD + Corsair Strafe RGB

1x 128gb Intenso SSD + 8TB Seagate External HDD + Corsair Strafe RGB

As in the title 2* 128GB Intenso SSD’s as in the link below, both with not a huge amount of use.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Intenso-3812430-128GB-SATA-Performance/dp/B0093RN0PI

Just one SSD left now

——————————————————————————————————–
Seagate 8TB External £155 Inc

As in the link below, boxed and complete got this just before xmas, but no longer required

Buy Seagate…

1x 128gb Intenso SSD + 8TB Seagate External HDD + Corsair Strafe RGB

1x 128gb Intenso SSD + 8TB Seagate External HDD + Corsair Strafe RGB

As in the title 2* 128GB Intenso SSD’s as in the link below, both with not a huge amount of use.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Intenso-3812430-128GB-SATA-Performance/dp/B0093RN0PI

Just one SSD left now

——————————————————————————————————–
Seagate 8TB External £155 Inc

As in the link below, boxed and complete got this just before xmas, but no longer required

Buy Seagate…

1x 128gb Intenso SSD + 8TB Seagate External HDD + Corsair Strafe RGB

2x 128gb Intenso SSD

As in the title 2* 128GB Intenso SSD’s as in the link below, both with not a huge amount of use.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Intenso-3812430-128GB-SATA-Performance/dp/B0093RN0PI

Price and currency: £34 Each
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Payment method: BT
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2x 128gb Intenso SSD

2x 128gb Intenso SSD

As in the title 2* 128GB Intenso SSD’s as in the link below, both with not a huge amount of use.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Intenso-3812430-128GB-SATA-Performance/dp/B0093RN0PI

Price and currency: £34 Each
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT
Location: BURNHAM-ON-SEA
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2x 128gb Intenso SSD

For Sale – Gaming PC – 3770k GTX 970 etc – Potentially Splitting

Hey folks. After recent upgrades, I have a fair amount of PC hardware I need shifting. All prices have been compared with prices from ebay, cex and selling prices on forums (where I could find them). Anyways, the list will consist of a built PC which I will give priority to selling as a whole before I split. (Split prices there for reference)

The PC
i7 3770k – Stock speeds, never been overclocked – £SOLD

Biostar TZ77XE3 Motherboard – No I/O shield, although you can probably find a compatible one on fleabay or something – £70

8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz Ram – I know 1 stick is Samsung but not sure on the other, will update later when I’ve had time to check – £30

Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 970 – Was purchased a while back used, however it is still going very strong and never had any issues with it – £SOLD

Gelid Tranquillo Rev.2 (Maybe, will check) CPU Cooler – Not much to say about this, it is what it is, brilliant air cooler – £20

Corsair VS550 PSU – Never had an issue with this, does its job – £30

Seagate Barracuda(?) 2TB HDD – No issues with this, will run a smart test once I have it all up and running again – £35

Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD – Been my little OS jockey for a while and never had any issues what so ever with it – £30

ASUS 24X DVD-RW Drive – Still working brilliantly, nothing more to say about it – £10

Corsair Spec 03 Case – Lovely little case, everything above fits well and looks the part – £25

Everything Else
Steelseries Shift Keyboard – Looks in great condition, everything works as it should (No Box) – £20

Razer Abyssus V2 Gaming Mouse – Not sure if it was just me on this one, but after buying a Naga and it acting the same I’d assume it is, but basically, it’s almost as if it doesn’t register a left click on the first time every time, might just be a pressure thing and I’m not putting enough on it, will test it a little more thoroughly before committing to a sale. (Boxed) – £20

AOC I2267FWH IPS 1080p Monitor – Well looked after and shows a brilliant picture, will give it a clean before posting (Boxed) – £60 (Postage to be calculated, not too familiar with posting Monitors)

Corsair CS750M Semi-Modular 80+ Gold PSU – Used in another system for a good long while, did the job it needed to do, nothing else to report on it really (Boxed) – £55

So, that’s everything, at least for now. Would love the PC to go as a whole, however it has been priced individually as per the rules for if I split.

Postage costs are included for the most part. Things that aren’t are just things like the monitor and case, but from past experience, these aren’t too bad to post.

Most of the components from the PC still have the original boxes, however there are a few bits that don’t (HDD, GPU, RAM and Motherboard) but I have replacement boxes set up for them should I have to post individually.

Pictures will be uploaded after I have given the entire thing a blast out with some compressed air and tidied it up a little.

Payment via BT please, and postage will be the cheapest tracked with insurance I can find at the time, if you would like faster post, we would have to calculate the cost and add it to the cost of the item.

Local collection with CoD is also fine.

Thanks for looking, and sorry for the lengthy post.

Price and currency: 550
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Location: Skegness
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