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Nathaniel CooperJan 14, 2020 4:00:00 AM< 1 min read

Why LTO will never go away as an archive option

I often refer to LTO as the cockroach of data. I hate it so much and I love it so much at the same time and you know, it's like, how are we still using Magnetic Tape to back up data?

At the same time when I look at the performance of LTO and I look at the cost of LTO when I look at that you can put you know, 10 terabytes of data on a a single tape stick it on the shelf and it's still there in 20 years and you didn't pay a penny more after you bought that tape like there's some really compelling reasons to still use LTO.

It's almost like I always think that LTO is going to go away and then the next Generation comes out and it's like, oh man, there's 16 terabytes per tape on this one. Yeah, that's still makes sense.


Nathaniel Cooper

As Chief Operating Officer of ProMAX Systems, Nathaniel Cooper, runs ProMAX Systems day to day operations. Cooper has been working with Storage, Backup and Media Management for video and creative professionals since 2001. Cooper has lead the design and deployment of some of the largest media systems in the world including a range of customers from NFL, MLB & NBA teams, US Military operations, and many of the worlds largest PR agencies and consumer brands. Cooper has spent the last 9 years as part of the ProMAX team and specializes in translating complex technical issues and options into easily understandable concepts.