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Introducing an extended tape standard – Long live LTO!

In mid-September, the new extended roadmap for LTO tape format was finally released. It shows that magnetic tape is still the key storage medium during times of growing storage requirements. Large amounts of data (big data) need to be stored for archive and backup materials, both inexpensively and for the long term. This is also reflected in the new format types which have been presented, LTO 9 and LTO 10. The most …Read More

Recovering data from black boxes

While air travel is consistently rated as one of safest forms of transport, recent disasters including ill-fated flight Air Asia QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore,  MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, which disappeared without a trace in the middle of the Indian Ocean and flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, which was struck down by a missile fired by pro-Russian separatists fighting against the Ukrainian government, remind us that …Read More

5 ways to deal with your legacy backup tapes when upgrading archive systems

Organisations face an unprecedented mix of industry pressures to get their legacy data in order.  Regulators such as the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) make regular announcements about new investigations into policy misselling and other misdemeanours that they may or may not investigate at some point in the future.  Legal investigations may also be instigated, necessitating organisations to search for evidence such as email or documents from years before. Therefore, the …Read More

Tape regains its cool factor

We have seen the tape market decline for several years now and it is trending toward withering to a niche solution. In the last decade tape lost much favour for backup applications, being replaced by the combination of HDD/SSD storage and de-duplication. But what a massive niche! Tape is ideal for long term archiving of enormous amounts of data whilst providing decent access times from huge energy efficient libraries, with …Read More

“It’s End of Life Jim, but not as we know it” – The Demise of Tape

While in the blogosphere the debate over tape’s demise is still raging, I believe the ‘Alive and kicking’ fraction is winning, everyday storage users are working out strategies to deal with the dreaded End-of-life announcements by vendors. End-of-life announcements related to tape storage like IBM’s 3480/3490 and the StorageTek T9840D tape drive are a reminder of the time and effort we spend on keeping our data secure and in a …Read More

Meet the Engineer: Shaad Subhan

What is your name? Shaad Subhan What exactly do you do at Kroll Ontrack? Primarily tape engineer but also data recovery How long have you been at Kroll Ontrack? 6 years What is your most unusual/challenging/interesting recovery to date? We received a few flood and fire damaged tapes that contained a customer’s critical data and therefore needed it recovered. The tapes required a lot of cleaning due to the damage …Read More