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Tim Jones
Re: LTO6 Budget Solutions
on Mar 7, 2013 at 3:17:22 pm

I agree with Pat about LTO-5 being a true bargain for long term storage. If you really aren't facing jobs that require 10's of TB of data in a single operation, the approximately US$900 price difference will purchase a lot of LTO-5 media (US$36.50 QTY 1 from us).

However, something that many base the longevity planning statements on - when LTO-7 ships, your LTO-5 devices and tapes do not become obsolete. Here we are, 12 years later, and you can still buy a brand new LTO-2 drive from HP. Why is this important? It means that as long as a capacity point (such as 1.5TB) works for you, you don't really need to rush out and update to the latest and greatest. We still have some customers actively using LTO-3 drives on a daily basis because each night's performance (including video capture) fits in 400GB.

On the manufacturing side of things, we expect a current device generation to have a minimum of a 15 year availability cycle. Therefore, it's a safe bet that you'll still be able to buy a new LTO-5 drive in 2026.

And, if you use a technology that supports full media migration (such as our BRU solutions), you can readily move your archived data to new technology (say LTO-5 to LTO-7) while retaining full recoverability - even if the technology is of a completely different type (those "gigaquad" chips from Star Trek).

Tim
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Tim Jones
CTO - TOLIS Group, Inc.
http://www.productionbackup.com
BRU ... because it's the RESTORE that matters!


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