Is tape dead?

Benjamin Huntsman BHuntsman at
Mon Sep 14 22:02:54 CDT 2015

I work for a VAR, and we've sold a fair number of IBM TS7650G ProtecTIER VTL's backed by Storewide V7000 disk.  It basically emulates a bunch of LTO3 drives and cartridges, and does excellent deduplication when writing.  If you have two, they'll replicate.  It makes a great backup and DR solution and is a fairly straightforward shoehorn into existing tape-based workflows.  Then again, there is still lots of tape out there, and as was pointed out earlier, the technology is always improving, and rapidly.  Not everyone is looking to go disk-only, either. (yet)  The more data you have to store, the more and more tape makes sense. 


From: cctalk [cctalk-bounces at] on behalf of Dave G4UGM [dave.g4ugm at]
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Subject: RE: Is tape dead?

I spoke to my former employer and they are ditching tape. They want off-site
replication and if they have an off-site replica they see no need for


> -----Original Message-----
> From: cctalk [mailto:cctalk-bounces at] On Behalf Of Richard
> Loken
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> The death of tape is greatly exagerated.
> My duties today included removing 50 tapes from our Storagetek 500 tape
> library and sending them offsite for safe storage.  These are LTO-5
> that can hold up to 30 Tbyte of compressed data and it can be written on
> tape with astonishing speed.
> On the other hand, my employer is bored with 40Gbyte DLT cartriges
> because 40Gbyte is little more than a SSSD 5-1/4" floppy disk these days
so I
> now can have them for free.  I have a DLT4000 backing up my toy OpenVMS
> box here at the office and another DLT4000 backing up my toy FreeBSD box
> at home.
> As for cartidges, I am overwelmed with media - including three unopened
> cartons of NIB DLT-IV cartridges.
> --
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> father
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