4 Criteria to Choose the Right LTO Tape.admin
What LTO tape should you choose for which application? These are some of the questions that arise. To simplify the comparison of LTOs and gain more insight, we prepared an info graphic with all the important features and characteristics of the different generations.
Storing large amounts of data for mid- or long-term durations equals cost and organization. Storage cost has been decreasing, while simultaneously, file sizes – especially in media creation – have been increasing with 4k, 6k and 8k video. As a result, for most users, storage costs remain considerable. Expanding high-performance storage to retain files that are only occasionally accessed is too costly. This calls for an collection that stores all files and productions on cheaper tape and offers cataloguing and search capacities.
LTO tape has become so cheap that it even surpasses the cost of consumer disk storage. While the latter should not be used in professional setups, it nonetheless finds its way into them and is still often compared to tape. Starting at $10 per TB, LTO-6 tape provides the user with unmatched price reliability, density, and organization.
Re-use, re-purposing and monetization are becoming increasingly important and are only realistically feasible with an collection. By reducing the need for high-performance disk storage expansion, archiving actually pays off. Productivity increases when completed productions can easily be referenced and re-used. The collection serves as the file memory for the company. No more manual search through external hard drives, lists or spreadsheets.