“Tape is dead” is probably one of the most successful aphorisms in IT; it is oft repeated and also represents the triumph of a sound bite over reality. The truth is that the global tape market is in a state of very slow shrinkage, being eaten at by disk-based methods of storage, although in the UK we have seen tape buying hold pretty steady. But rather than being in the rest home, tape is actually more like a healthy middle-aged person: very active and taking on new interests now it has established itself. That’s the conclusion to be drawn from this week’s headline article on the state of the tape market, where we find tape products with upgraded physical attributes in capacity, pooling and speed of access, as well as in soft functions with the availability of LTFS and tape analytics. No, tape isn’t dead; it’s just taken up tennis and is going to evening classes.
(This was an intro to a weekly SearchStorage.co.UK newsletter I thought worth repeating.)