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Tape – “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”

(With apologies to Mark Twain)

The release of LTO5 by Quantum Corporation brings 1.5TB native/3TB compressed tape to the market, and it is a sure fire bet that IBM and HP will shortly follow with their own offerings, which means that for the past 20 years or so, a technology many said was going the way of the Dodo, has managed to more than keep pace with competing technologies, and seen quite a few off (remember how optical disk was the future of storage  back in the late 1980′s?).

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SSD – will hard drives soon be spinning in their graves?

Solid State Disks (SSDs) are being pushed as the next “hot thing” in data storage, so is traditional hard disk drive storage about to be put to the sword?

Well SSDs have been touted as the way forward for many years, the difference now is that the technology finally appears to be developed enough to produce usable products that are not priced out of the general market. It is now possible to replace the hard drive in a laptop with an acceptable capacity SSD without taking out a mortgage, and with lower power usage and greater resistance to shock this is clearly a niche where SSD could well thrive.

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