The technology behind tape storage acted as a stepping stone in achieving numerous advances in storage technology. LTO formats have greatly affected the way computers store and retrieve data over the years. This cassette-based format is commonly used and comes in a number of different varieties and capacities. The HP LTO 6 tapes have a capacity of 6.25 terabytes when data is compressed and 2.5 terabytes of uncompressed data. The latest versions from other companies, however, can reach capacities of up to 185 terabytes, which is huge for tape storage. Here are ten reasons why tape is still the best way to store data:
1. Increased Data Capacity – the newer iterations of LTO technology, much like the HP LTO 6, come packed with higher storage capacity. A single tape can now hold up to 6.25 terabytes of data. That means a 14 square foot floor space can house 6 petabytes of data.
2. Speedier Performance – unlike the previous generations of LTO, the newer formats can read and write data at blistering speeds. Some tapes can even transfer data at around 1 terabyte per hour.
3. More Economical – when you compare the price per gigabyte between LTO tapes and hard disks, you’ll easily find that tape beats HDDs by a mile. This means users would be spending far less for storage than they would if they chose HDDs.
4. Power Consumption Is Down A Minimum – an entire tape datacenter will consume far less power than one that uses hard disks. There are a number of factors as to why this is possible. First, tapes have less mechanical parts that require power to operate. Second, cartridges and tape drives produce less heat when operating which means it will require lower power for cooling.
5. Tapes Are Portable – in a matter of seconds, tapes can be removed and transported easily. This portability allows users to easily carry physical data from one location to another. Unlike hard disk drives, tapes aren’t screwed down in place and don’t require external power cables to operate.
6. Tapes Are Highly Reliable – tapes are far less vulnerable to errors. Tapes are also immune to viruses and other risks that hard disks normally face. This reliability means data companies will be able to store data for longer periods.
7. Tapes Last Longer Than HDDs – when it comes longevity, tapes are far superior to hard disk drives. The long operational period of tapes makes them suitable for long-term storage.
8. Scalability – tapes in general, have such massive capacity. This allows users the ability to increase their storage capacities in the future. Not only that, data centers will also be able to cater to more demand even with the same LTO format.
9. Compatibility – tapes are highly compatible with many ISV applications which gives it much needed support. The backward compatibility with previous generations of the HP LTO 6 lets users protect their investment.
10. Major Companies Use Tape Storage – Google announced in 2011 that it was using tape for the restoration of e-mails for more than 40,000 of its users. Given the sheer size of Google, it remained confident with tape technology. This means it remains a suitable technology for storing and retrieving data. This also means users can rest assured that their data is held safe with tape storage for a very long time.