Tape Backup Remains Relevant as New Benefits Emerge

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Let’s be honest. For many companies, tape backup is an afterthought…a quaint technology whose usefulness has been usurped by low-cost hard disk drives (HDDs), easily accessible cloud storage, and the rapidly dropping prices for solid state drives (SSDs). However, even with these alternatives, tape storage remains a vibrant market.

The proof: in late May, the LTO Program Technology Provider Companies (TPCs), which includes Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, and Quantum Corporation, released their annual tape media shipment report for total shipments in 2023. The report found that 152.9 Exabytes of total tape capacity shipped in the year. (Note: That capacity represents the amount of compressed data the tapes could hold). The amount represented a 3.14% increase year-over-year compared to 2022 shipments.

The annual tape capacity shipments reaffirm the continued importance of tape technology in enterprise storage strategies. “LTO tape will endure as a critical component of storage architectures across the enterprise, especially as tape technology itself continues to improve to handle even larger volumes of data and more intensive workloads,” said Tom Coughlin, Storage Analyst and President of Coughlin Associates, in a released statement.

Long-known benefits keep tape storage in the mix

Many benefits that led enterprises to use tape storage from the beginning remain strengths of the storage media

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