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Rob Grauert
Question / Survey - LTO Tape
on Mar 15, 2010 at 11:48:03 pm

How many people here are currently using or would suggest LTO tape as a current solution for backing up media?

Our two Drobo Pros at work are way unreliable, and my boss wants to find a new solution. I want to suggest LTO tape to him, but our outside tech. guy said LTO is a hassle. He also said it's a big nuisance when trying to recover a corrupt tape, however, I figure we would have multiple copies of tapes for safety. Some guy at B&H also told me it was "old technology."

So despite what these people have said to me, would you still suggest it? Has anyone had any problems with LTO tape?

Thanks for the advice!

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walter biscardi
Re: Question / Survey - LTO Tape
on Mar 15, 2010 at 11:49:02 pm

http://forums.creativecow.net/readpost/8/1078318

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Rob Grauert
Re: Question / Survey - LTO Tape
on Mar 15, 2010 at 11:50:29 pm

oh geez. that thread is only two days old. Sorryyyy

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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Question / Survey - LTO Tape
on Mar 16, 2010 at 1:47:58 am

If you repost over on that thread I'll address your specific questions here.


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Question / Survey - LTO Tape
on Mar 16, 2010 at 1:50:01 am

That was confusing, if you repost on the other thread I'll address your specific questions there.


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Rob Grauert
Re: Question / Survey - LTO Tape
on Mar 16, 2010 at 12:34:59 pm

Thanks Jeremy. I actually just wanted to know if people were still using LTO despite what I've been told by others. It looks like people are.

Good call on the Cache-A product as well. I am going to suggest it to my boss

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Bob Flood
Re: Question / Survey - LTO Tape
on Mar 16, 2010 at 3:42:37 pm

Robert

One of the things that makes LTO a viable archive format is that its the Standard in the Financial World like banks, brokers, alchemists (hahaha)
which guarantees that 20 minutes from now you will still be able to recover the data on those tapes. as opposed to other tape formats that have disappeared and been EOL'd

We were using an Onstream for a while, adn the best way it worked was when it was on its own machine so it could run in the Background over ethernet.

The other people on the network would complain sometimes about moving a 100 gBs of media over 100baseT, but the heck with em they cant take a joke!

hope this helps

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Stuart Simpson
Re: Question / Survey - LTO Tape
on Mar 16, 2010 at 4:51:21 pm

We use LTO for all our long-term backup. 400GB for £15 mean it's a no brainer. True it takes a long time to archive and retrieve, but that's why we use it for long term, and not short term. The way I look at it is like this:

If someone hands me a 10 year old Beta SP I can stick it in a deck and play it. If someone hands me a 10 year old LTO tape I can stick it in a drive and scan it. If someone hands me a 10 year old HD - I'm not so sure I can use it - is it PATA? SCSI?

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