The Revolutionary Filing System In HP LTO 6 And Its Use

The HP LTO 6 cartridge has quite a revolutionary filing system, which has partly contributed to its greater utility in many organizations.

LTFS in LTO 6 Cartridges Bridges the Gap between Serial and Random Access

For a while, magnetic tapes had the unfavourable reputation of a significantly slower data retrieval speed. This was due to a serial access structure of retrieving data from the cartridge.

With serial access of data, if any particular information was to be retrieved from the tape, the retrieval mechanism would have to scan through all stored data starting from the very beginning until it got to the specific set of data. Obviously, this would mean that retrieval would take a bit longer than the amount of time involved in a random access system.

Random access, on the other hand, is characteristic of disc storage systems. In this format, the retrieval system would make calculations as to the exact location of the required set of data. It would then be possible to directly access that particular location within the storage device, without having to scan any other data contained in it.

As you can tell, the random access system would be faster than the serial access. Hence, in the past, magnetic tapes were noticeably slow in retrieval of information compared to disc storage.

Fortunately, advances in LTO-Ultrium technology have allowed development of an advanced filing system that significantly reduces data retrieval time for LTO Tapes. This is referred to as the Linear Tape File System (LTFS).

How The Linear Tape File System Works

You will find the LTFS in your LTO 6 cartridge, which increases the utility of your storage device. The LTFS system increases data retrieval rates through separation of data objects from metadata about the particular objects within a cartridge.

Simply by deploying such a format, it's possible to achieve much of the attributes that you would expect from a random access system.

Do Big And Small Organizations Use LTO Tapes?

Another perception that some people might have of LTO technology is that such magnetic tapes were valuable in the past, but are no longer viable in the current age of Big Data. Well, the reality is that such a storage device is actually becoming more and more vital in this information age.

The increased data means that more and better storage solutions are required, which is what the LTO technology can offer. The tape is particularly useful in data backup systems.

Indeed, world-leaders in provision of cloud services including Amazon, Microsoft and Google, feature tape libraries within their storage architecture. This is due to the capacity of the storage media to maintain integrity of stored data for a long time, with reduced risk of data loss or media failure. Moreover, the cost of maintenance of such backup systems is quite economical.

On the other hand, if you're running a much smaller organization, the LTO tape would still prove valuable for your data storage needs. You can very well include tape cartridges among various storage options, including cloud and disc storage. Doing this will give further security to your vital information. Tape, in particular, would prove especially useful in long term data backup while you maintain often-accessed data in cloud or disc systems.

Stutch Data offers cutting-edge storage solutions suited to current technological advancements. You can depend on Richard Stutchbury to give you valuable advice on the most appropriate and reliable options. Moreover, you're always assured of top quality and long-lasting products. Take a view to our HP LTO 6 webpage for more info.

This article was published on 22 Dec 2015 and has been viewed 593 times
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