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On the LTFS Experience Part 2

July 31, 2012 – LTFS makes the LTO technology accessible to a broader audience. However, if you plan to use it like a file system on a disk, you will end up being disappointed. To make the most of this technology, you need a basic understanding of how it works. The pitfalls of the LTFS technology are already described in its name: Linear Tape File System. The keyword here is “Linear”. The one major drawback of tape technology is its linearity. In other words, it takes time to position the tape to a certain point. Then it takes more time […]

On the LTFS Experience Part 1

July 11, 2012 – LTFS¬†has become a buzzword in the storage community in the last couple of years. Everybody seems to be excited about it.¬†Nevertheless, only a few have tried it out themselves, and of those even fewer can talk of success. Driven by this trend, we decided to give LTFS a go and see how we can use and integrate this technology into PresSTORE and make it easier for the not-so-knowledgeable user to employ. The only remaining tape technology that has survived over the years and proven itself through reliability and speed is LTO. Historically, even the very first […]

LTFS Reality Check

May 7, 2012 – The fifth generation of the LTO (Linear Tape-Open) standard is known for its embracing of LTFS (Linear Tape File System). The goal of incorporating LTFS was to broaden LTO’s range of use, increase flexibility and facilitate the exchange and transport of data. It provides users disk-like access to browsing and OS level functionality without the need for software. But while LTFS does represent a major milestone for tape-based archiving, much work still remains to be done before this technology can be considered fully developed. Tape as a storage medium has historically had its share of detractors […]