Tape backup and tape libraries

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  • LTFS (Linear Tape File System)

    LTFS (Linear Tape File System) is a file system specification that allows Linear Tape-Open (LTO) storage technology to be indexed. 

  • backup log

    Backup log is a feature of backup applications that records the events that occur during a backup process.  

  • shoeshining or backhitching

    In tape backup, shoeshining (also known as backhitching) is the repeated back and forth motion a tape drive makes when there is interruption in the data stream. 

  • autoloader (or stackloader)

    A stackloader (also known as an autoloader) is a tape storage device that automatically loads tape cartridges using a robotic mechanism. 

  • LTO-5

    LTO-5 is an upcoming tape format from the Linear Tape Open Consortium. 

  • Tower of Hanoi backups

    Tower of Hanoi is a complex tape backup strategy that's useful for archiving data for an extended period of time in an economical manner by using a cycle of exponential retention periods instead of a large number of tapes. 

  • tape drive

    A tape drive is a device that stores computer data on magnetic tape, especially for backup and archiving purposes. 

  • tape library

    In data storage, a tape library is a collection of magnetic tape cartridges and tape drives. 

  • dual-layer magnetic tape (dual-side magnetic tape)

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  • tape

    In computers, tape is an external storage medium, usually both readable and writable, consisting of a loop of flexible celluloid-like material that can store data in the form of tiny magnetic fields that can be read and also erased. 

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About Tape backup and tape libraries

Tape backup and tape libraries are essential to providing cost-effective, long-term data storage for all business types and sizes. Explore resources on backup and recovery with tape libraries here, including tutorials on LTO tape technology, recycling backup tapes and caring for your magnetic media. Stay up to date with the latest news about tape encryption and secure tape storage. Compare tape backup systems versus tape autoloaders, and compare tape library vendors. Find out about tape backup best practices and listen to podcasts and interviews from data storage industry experts. Learn how to choose the best library for your enterprise and ask our tape storage experts your most important questions.