LTO: Did You Know?
More than a decade ago, some of the top names in storage technology came together to create the LTO Program. With an open format, LTO technology simplified the complex array of proprietary tape storage options, providing users multiple sources of product and media.
In just a short amount of time LTO technology quickly became the storage medium of choice for a broad range of applications. Storage managers loved the cost-effective and reliable solution. As the technology continued innovating, the benefits of LTO tape soon were realized inside and outside of the storage center.
Things changed dramatically when we then introduced partitioning with LTO generation 5, allowing for Linear Tape File System (LTFS). LTFS opened the door for a new wave of applications where ease of use and convenience were critical. Movie producers began using it for digital editing and archiving. Oil and exploration companies began using it to archive valuable data. It completely changed the game in the storage industry.
Proponents of competing technologies like to claim that their own technologies are going to supplant tape in the near future. The truth is that they’ve been saying things like this for more than a decade now and tape continues to go strongly. Here are a few things to consider:
It’s interesting to put all of these qualities in context. When we started the LTO Program, we were confident that it would become a solid competitor in the market. In retrospect, we’re more than pleased with its success. In fact, we’re even more excited about the future. Stay tuned for more great things to come...