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July 2013 Vol. 12 No. 5

Can LTFS save tape?

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 ...

Features in this issue

  • Best practices for SSD technologies

    by  Dennis Martin

    No longer a luxury item for well-heeled data centers, SSD technologies are more affordable than ever and come in a variety of form factors with a choice of deployment options.

  • Enterprise file sync-and-share applications

    by  Terri McClure and Kristine Kao

    Cloud-based file sync and share is becoming more popular as employees use their own devices to access corporate data. Here's what you need to know to keep your company's data safe.

  • Can LTFS save tape?

    by  George Crump

    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 see broader applications soon.

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