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Old 10-26-2018, 08:53 PM   #1
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The battle of the mag-tape manufacturers

Serious data-storers use tape. We're down to 2 manufacturers who are trying to put each other out of business via patent-infringement suits. Marketplace covers the story 4 minutes.
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Serious data-storers use tape.
What, in your estimation, constitutes a "Serious data-storer"?

I've been doing backups for years and by and large most offerings seem to be going away from tape in favor of NAS based appliances that backup locally then replicate to a remote location to avoid having to send tapes to offsite storage. The remote location copies can be used both for disaster recover (DR) and long term retention.
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What, in your estimation, constitutes a "Serious data-storer"?
As large a scale as this story talks about.
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I read about it. Observatories, science laboratories use tapes. Lots of new stars and exoplanets, elementary-particle physics data, all these things are stored like this. They are more reliable they say. And I won't argue with it. But an access to this information and its processing is quite complicated. I mean, even to deal with digital info it's often reasonable to hire a big data consulting services. What researchers and scientists do I can't even imagine.


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