3. Wait for it…. Falling out of love with LTO?
OK this bit might not suit some markets that love the old acetate but back in 2003 we came to market with a message, and at the time it seems not a clue, that object storage would kill LTO.
“Disk YEAH, tape BOOOOO.” – Nick Pearce
Almost 15 years on and 7 generations of LTO and millions of man hours of migrations later LTO is still around and of course has its place. It’s just that place is being questioned by organisations are realising that LTO is great for fire and forget (until the next migration) but for super quick access to all content its rather cumbersome, and, for tightly integrated business continuity workflows the same. Tape has its place but increasingly private clouds, Digital Content Governance and object storage are being used as more appropriate platforms to serve that on demand requirement.