“With new tape innovations like Linear Tape File System (LTFS), storing files on tape is easier than ever, and can be as easy as drag and drop.”

Enterprise Storage Forum, March 17, 2015

“Magnetic tapes do not consume electricity, so this allows us to keep a very large storage site with nearly no running costs for data preservation.”

ZDNet, March 12, 2015

“…our world is powered by information and how and where we store it has become mission-critical. Tape belongs at the heart of that conversation.”

Phil Greenwood, Storage Networking Solutions, February 16, 2015

“The fact of the matter is that tape continues to be the medium of choice for the bulk of stored data and its usage is growing.”

Drew Robb, Enterprise Storage Forum, February 3, 2015


“LTO is turning heads because it’s an option that is a fraction of the cost of disk, easily accessible, with the ability to retain data for more than 30 years.”

- GovernmentVideo, November 7, 2014

“LTFS software can also present a standard file system view of the files stored on the tape in LTFS format, just as if they were stored on traditional spinning disks or flash media. That’s important because it means users can drag and drop files or simply click on them to access them in the normal way.”

- Paul Rubens, Enterprise Storage Forum, October 28, 2014

“…although the 120TB figure is for capacity of compressed data, the cartridge is possibly one of the greatest achievements in tape and cartridge technology.”

- Archie Thomas, Gadget Helpline, September 11, 2014

“The non-proprietary format of LTO tape solutions enables ease of integration and long-term deployment, contributing to tape’s case as a scalable, long-term solution.”

- Steve Mackey, IT Pro Portal, July 15, 2014

“In regards to alternative technologies to tape, at the moment there are no emerging technologies – at least none of which we are aware – that can compete with tape in terms of its combination of very low cost per GB, high data rate, and future scaling potential.”

Mark Lanz, EE Times, June 19, 2014

“Magnetic tape storage is one of those products that proves what’s old is actually new.”

Dan Burger, IT Jungle, May 27, 2014

“LTO ultrium is adaptable and scalable backup tape format and its technology is continuously enhanced by its manufacturers to address the growing needs and requirements of the server environments of midrange to the enterprise class.”

Shawn Paul, FM Transmitter, April, 2014

“Tape is an economical option for archiving and takes less energy to operate than disk… Tape will continue to do well in the marketplace.”

John Hillard, TechTarget, March 31, 2014

“Tape is the archiving champ and has been for decades. Reliable, less expensive than disks and available in large-scale robotic systems that store petabytes.”

Robert Harris, ZD Net, March 13, 2014

“There is general agreement that LTO tapes are the preferred solution, but even this widely recognized standard — open and freely available, like LTFS — is the subject of continuing evolution. We shall shortly see LTO-6 gaining ground on LTO-5, and many broadcast archives have a mixture of earlier LTO formats.”

Tony Taylor, TV Technology, February 20, 2014

“Widespread adoption of the LTFS format means LTO tape can behave more like a disk drive in digital media workflows, and that’s good news for companies whose business plan is to provide flexible and foolproof ways for customers to use LTO tape throughout the production and post process.”

Bryant Frazer, StudioDaily, February 26, 2014

“But if we can’t put it on hard drives, and spinning disk is just too expensive, what is the best long-term, archive-quality media? Everyone has stepped up and said it’s LTO.”

Mark Ostlund, StudioDaily, February 26, 2014

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“Archive-wise, tape appears to have substantial and enduring cost/TB and endurance ratings far beyond disk.”

Chris Mellor, The Register, December 29, 2013

“Established technologies such as LTO-6 (Linear Tape-Open) and LTFS (Linear Tape File System) will remain at the core—allowing tape to be used as low-cost NAS. As a result, tape’s role in big data, cloud, high-performance computing and other data-intensive applications will continue to grow, and there will be a significant increase in archive solutions using LTFS and potentially the adoption of LTFS as a standard for tape storage.”

Chris Preimesberger, eWeek, December 19, 2013

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2012 »

“Cloud storage in data centers will utilize the latest developments in physical storage virtualization, deduplication and other methods to make the most effective use of physical storage assets. Software defined storage could allow a further level of abstraction and cost effectiveness. The vast bulk of content stored “in the cloud” will reside on large SATA interface HDDs with some on magnetic (mostly LTO) tape (particularly for “archives.”)”

Tom Coughlin, Forbes – Storage System Trends for 2013 and Beyond, December 27, 2012

“From its beginnings as an alternative to the proprietary DLT format, I must say LTO has been quite a success story… For the IT admins who’ve not been introduced to tape, this may be a real opportunity — cheap insurance, to say the least.”

Erick Slack, It Knowledge Exchange – LTO-6 and the LTO Consortium’s Roadmap, December 2012