Make HPE StoreEver LTO tape the backbone of your hybrid IT
Smart businesses know that a Hybrid IT storage ecosystem is the best way to ensure business success and survival. It ensures their vital data is always available, protected and visible for analysis and research.
As the name implies, storage for Hybrid IT means deploying a blend of flash, traditional disk, tape and cloud data protection solutions. HPE believes that LTO Ultrium tape is an essential part of that vision. Deployed in an automated environment, tape contributes to business growth goals, IT service level agreements and low ownership costs, as well as doing its main job — secure long-term retention.
A legacy in tape you can depend on
HPE has been shipping one LTO cartridge every six seconds since May 2000 — over 95 million HPE LTO tapes and 140 billion gigabytes of capacity. This is not merely a symbol of trust; we have examples of original HPE LTO-1 cartridges still working flawlessly after 14 years in archive conditions. This, together with our accelerated ageing tests on newer media types, demonstrates HPE LTO tape can be relied upon to protect customer data for up to 30 years. Additionally, the HPE Brand specification for LTO Ultrium media includes a myriad of quality tests that are unique to our cartridges, to give end users maximum peace of mind. You can read more about HPE's extreme testing program here.
The benefits of an air gap
In an always-connected world, unplanned downtime and data loss can come from anywhere — natural disasters, organised cyber attacks, network and power outages and simple human error. Storing data offline, and off-site, creates a barrier that physically distances your data from risk. There have been more than a dozen $1 billion climate or weather related disasters in the US in 2018. In extremis, if you have a LOT of data to move from A to B in a hurry, a box of LTO tapes in a truck (or on a helicopter or aeroplane!) could turbo-charge your DR and underpin your business continuity planning.
Streaming data faster than disk
Applications with very demanding Recovery Point and Recovery Time Objectives (RPO and RTO) by no means render tape obsolete. Although lack of fast, random access to content stored on media may seem a limitation, one of tape’s key characteristics is also one of its strengths. Accessing smaller, individual files, at random, will always be faster using disk technology. But when it comes to reading or writing larger chunks of data, either as separate files or grouped together, tape’s performance far exceeds that of disk. Data can be streamed to a data cartridge at phenomenal speeds (up to 750 MB/sec with LTO-8), so it’s possible to store and transport huge quantities of data with relative ease. New techniques like RAIT (Redundant Array of Independent Tape) could see tape data transfer rates soar even further.
Tape's compelling TCO
LTO tape also has compelling cost of ownership benefits compared to all-disk storage solutions. A brand new report from analysts ESG demonstrates that an organisation with an initial 1,000 TB of retained data, growing at a conservative rate of 10% annually, can achieve savings and benefits totalling more than $13.5M over a ten-year period when compared with an all-disk solution. This is 86% lower in TCO terms than the all-disk solution.
These are just some of the reasons why HPE continues to invest in the future of LTO tape. Your data can live safely and cost effectively for decades in a tape archive, giving you a vital last line of defence in the event of natural disasters, network or power outages, human error or malicious acts.