Cloud Storage – ever considered LTFS Tape??
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Cloud storage is an often discussed topic in various industries. There are various solutions being evaluated for cloud storage, but only a few seem to consider the usage of tape technology. By ignoring tape, you miss a great range of potential advantages.
Let's assume you deploy your cloud solution with GPFS (GPFS is a clustered file system made for scale-out. It allows intelligent placement and life cycle management of data, which is a key advantage in cloud deployment by itself).
First of all, you can now benefit from the seamless integration of LTFS EE into the GPFS global namespace.
Second - and this, again, is a “built-in” benefit for GPFS users - you can leverage LTFS to replace tier 2/3 disk storage in GPFS environments. By being included into the policy based placement and migration, tape storage will be used for infrequently accessed files. This, of course, results in an attractive TCO for the full GPFS solution, and the whole solution will benefit from the simplicity of LTFS administration.
Third, LTFS technology can be used wherever large amounts of data need to be transferred.
Need more details?
Here’s an introduction to GPFS: http
Information about IBM LTFS: http
Information about IBM LTFS EE: http
Check out the IBM Linear Tape File System Enterprise Edition V1.1 Installation and Configuration Guide at
Need help with LTFS?
The European Storage Competence Center (ESCC) provides leading expertise for LTFS based on experience with development and implementation of LTFS solutions. The ESCC offers LTFS implementation service, workshops, proof of concept and other technical enablement activities. Please contact the following experts to obtain more information or to request an offering: