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Datamation: How Open Source Could Drive a Tape Storage Comeback

Jan 06, 2012, 23:02 (0 Talkback[s])

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The death of tape storage has been loudly proclaimed for what seems like decades now. But a recent breakthrough in tape management could breathe new life into the long-running technology and change archiving and even long-term backup as we know it.

The breakthrough is a technology called the Linear Tape File System (LTFS), which was developed and then open sourced by IBM. LTFS is a self-describing tape format that allows tapes to be written in a common format so that they can be read anywhere without any application other than the open source LTFS. It also indexes tapes and makes them searchable so the files you need can be retrieved much faster.

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