The importance of using LTO tapes for backing up critical information is all too familiar to big corporations. These cartridges hold up to 3TB of information, are not susceptible to viruses, and use AES encryption. They keep everything on a magnetic strip that allows you to write data to the device and read it many times. So how do you know what information is stored on each tape and where to find it within the magnetic strip? LTFS (Linear Tape File System) is the answer. With LTFS, you can access your data quickly and easily.
Before generation 5 LTO tapes, you had to manually search each tape for the specific data you were looking for. This could take hours of your time, hours that you don’t have when you need to access the data immediately to get your business back up and running.
The LTFS (Linear Tape File System) is an additional unit for tape libraries with LTO5 tape drives or newer. It creates an interface much like that of Microsoft Windows in which everything appears as accessible folders that contain the files inside with drag and drop functionality. This creates quicker access to the data on any compatible tape and relieves your staff from manually finding, inserting, and searching each cartridge for the files your company needs on each tape.
The advantages of upgrading your current system to generation 5 or 6 libraries will ultimately save you time and money. Using LTO tapes already costs 15x less than using disc or cloud solutions. Additionally, tape libraries are backwards compatible with 2 LTO tape generations (capable of reading the data from the previous 2 generations of tape and able to write to the previous generation). Your IT department won’t spend so long searching for the data, and when your company needs to restore critical information, it will be available with the click of a button.
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