Many IT managers left the LTO program at the generation 3 time, at that particular time tape was being used as a back-up device, it was considered safe but slow, the software was slow and complex, retention times to long.

A lot has changed. LTO capacities improved from MB`s up to 5 Terabytes even to 15 when data is compressed. And tape will outrun a disc when it comes to speed.

And even the new  Enterprise Tape Drives will bring 12 to16 TB native capacity to the archive table.

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Enormous amounts of patient data presents a unique challenge to healthcare and research IT, highly sensitive information, complex metadata and analyse platforms, and exponential data growth is asking for a different approach.

Since the birth of healthcare some decades ago many research data about diseases and human behaviour is put to data base information systems, these bases are growing to enormous volumes. To keep these volumes running at life storage platforms is every expensive.

These large and ever growing Databases are derived from administrative data and contain encounter-level, clinical and nonclinical information including all-listed diagnoses and procedures, discharge status, patient demographics, and charges for all patients. Studies show that 80-90% of the data we create is never accessed again.

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Hitachi storage boss Hu Yoshida. “While there is a huge install base of disk, the demise of the hard disk is imminent

The impact of data loss is costly for healthcare patient and research data. The analysis step of the “Knowledge Discovery in Databases” process would be considered as the second line in science, compare the knowledge of yesterday with knowledge of today and the coming data of tomorrow.

That having said we know more and more research data is pushed of the life storage arrays if they are full, and they getting fuller and fuller with the todays amount of  data grow.


According to storage analysts, tape is less expensive than disk in many applications and in fact the most effective archive tool for cold data bases. When smart combined with flash or disc analyse platforms organisations will find a unbeatable archive system.

Coming  LTO generation 7 specifications more than double the tape cartridge capacity from the previous generation, including capacities of up to 15TB  per cartridge when compressed. Large files will also transfer more quickly with tape drive data transfer rates that are up to 750MB per seconds quickly found using state of the art meta data tools or/and LTFS.

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IBM just unveiled a 225TB cartridge by its R&D department  and what  if Apple loses its struccle over privacy with the FBI we might just see Companies CIOs wanting to archive their old data on tapes for a while longer.

Tape can be scaled almost effortlessly, just add drives and shelves, easy does it.

Combine tape’s superior storage capacities, low cost/GB, and reduced energy costs, tape-based storage solutions provide mayor  Opex and CapExcost advantages. On the long run tape continues to be the ideal solution for long-term data storage and archiving.


It would be wise to choose a turnkey ready solution.

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Medical Healthcare, Media &Entertainment, big data environments. Does it need courage to use tape archiving tools or just common sense?