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Can LTFS save tape?
This article is part of the July 2013 Vol. 12 No. 5 issue of Storage magazine
The Linear Tape File System (LTFS) makes tape look like a file system, enabling drag-and-drop operations that resemble a NAS share. We'll likely see broader applications soon. The Linear Tape File System has been available for almost three years. It was released when Linear Tape-Open (LTO) drives reached their fifth generation (LTO-5). As a file system, LTFS has since matured and currently supports core operating systems such as Windows, Linux and Macintosh. Now, LTO-6 with LTFS seems ready to reestablish tape as a primary data center storage device and may be able to move tape beyond its old boundaries of backup and archive. LTFS defined The goal of LTFS was to simplify the way users interacted with the tape device itself. The designers of LTFS wanted to make tape as easy to use as a USB stick: just plug it in and start writing data. But due to tape's capacity, data would be measured in terabytes instead of the gigabytes a USB stick could store. In large part, LTFS has achieved that goal. Users simply need to insert an ...
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