Tape plays a critical role in the storage strategy for resource-constrained businesses. Combined with disk storage in a multi-tier protection strategy, tape offers a storage solution with low total cost of ownership. Tape is also portable, making it ideal for secure offsite and offline backup, disaster recovery, data compliance and long-term archiving.
Tape continues to improve. New LTO-5 tape drives, tape media and automated tape libraries offer significant efficiency gains over previous generations. LTO-5 is the fifth generation of the LTO Ultrium standard. Companies using older LTO generations will find some compelling reasons to upgrade.
One of the biggest advantages of tape is its cost-effectiveness. It’s a low-cost option for long-term storage, so it can help keep spending in check.
LTO-5 tape solutions can trim costs even further, without compromising results. LTO-5 offers improved performance over previous generations and provides better transfer rates for the price. Even with hardware-based encryption, it can store up to 3 TB of data on a single cartridge in less than three hours. This assumes a data compression rate of 2:1.
LTO-5 tape drives also provide more capacity than earlier generations, reducing cost per gigabyte by 52 percent over LTO-3. That means fewer cartridges to buy and less time changing tape, which is an important benefit for data centers with limited IT staff.
Earlier generations of LTO had helpful management features that made backups run smoothly. For example, if an overnight backup failed, an administrator would receive a notification in the morning. That information was useful, but it put people in reactive mode, correcting problems after they had occurred.
Most IT decision makers already operate with lean resources. That’s why, when times get tough, many feel as though there’s nowhere left to make improvements.
The latest generation of LTO tape drives, tape media and automated tape libraries illustrates how technology can fill the void. With proactive management, lower cost per gigabyte, faster performance and data encryption, HP LTO-5 solutions can help companies do more with less.