LTO5 has a high initial entry cost, which is not where storage pricing for consumer or even prosumer sits. It also has a need for an extremely high speed of data input for it to work effectively, avoiding problems such as shoe-shining the tape. Since SAS is a generally used storage interface, it is what much of the drives ship with. Other choices such as FC and SCSI are also supported.Bother.
Okay, I'll bite! Why not?
Sufficient theoretical bandwith doesn't mean you have the thoroughput on the other end to feed it. And a 20 year old parallel-scsi link that offered 1MB/sec is no longer sufficient. And companies don't design their hardware for the occasional user that might use it, they design it for who will surely use it.I'm not thinking of the consumer / prosumer market; I'm thinking of the itinerant technician. I remember going round schools with a portable tape drives of the same value 20 years ago which had parallel port to SCSI converters. And USB 3 should have sufficient bandwidth.
It was 20 years ago.And a 20 year old parallel-scsi link that offered 1MB/sec is no longer sufficient.
Like the itinerant technician?And companies don't design their hardware for the occasional user that might use it, they design it for who will surely use it.
A lot of clients wouldn't allow a machine that wasn't theirs on their network.You could build a fairly compact dedicated box for the job,
The average tech is not walking around with an LTO5 drive and tapes. Even if it were available, would you want something you could just drag a drive or folder to, or something you would need to install backup software, drivers, etc? Techs are walking around with an external hard drive of some kind. If more than that is needed for the backup, one would hope that the client already had a backup process in place. In any case, you would be the exception rather than the rule.Like the itinerant technician?
Are you familiar with LTFS that was introduced with LTO5?The average tech is not walking around with an LTO5 drive and tapes. Even if it were available, would you want something you could just drag a drive or folder to, or something you would need to install backup software, drivers, etc? Techs are walking around with an external hard drive of some kind. If more than that is needed for the backup, one would hope that the client already had a backup process in place. In any case, you would be the exception rather than the rule.
Even in that case, all you would be leaving them behind is a tape (or tapes) that they could not use unless you schlep the drive back to them. If you leave it on hard drives the customer can get at a file on their own if need be. I will be the first person to suggest tape for enterprise backup (I use LTO-4 at home and LTO4&5 at work), so don't take this as an anti-tape stance. I just think for ease of customer use, the hard drive backup scenario would serve them better if this is just a one-off backup (which would be in excess of the backup infrastructure they should already have or that you should sell them )It really depends what needs to be done I guess. I could see use in something like this for one time onsite archival of large datasets, especially if the customer didn't want the data leaving the premesis. I've had requests like that before, but as my LTO setup is far from portable I've had to deny them.
I am very familiar with it, unfortunately with access times of up to 4 minutes per file (the 60-90 seconds quoted in the spec aren't real life) and having to call you every time they want a file restored, they should already have a backup infrastructure in place, or you should sell them one (even if it is just a hard drive based backup)Are you familiar with LTFS that was introduced with LTO5?
In general, I am very pro tape. Tape has options that are simply not available in general hard drives such as WORM which is required in certain financial circles and where LTFS excels is in storing large, sequential RAW video. In this particular case though, as an itinerant technician (and with smaller clients that sound like they don't have backup infrastructure in place) USB Hard Drives would be the better choice.Yeah I fail to see why not use a HDD. An LTO 5 cartridge being able to hold 1.5TB is about $50. A 1.5TB HDD is about $80. You are winning $30 there. You'd need ~40-50 of these to offset the initial cost of the drive. If you were to leave the HDDs behind for the client and they dont need 1.5TB then you can go with a say 320GB 2.5" HDD at the same cost as an LTO tape. I really don't get it.
Of course if you are talking about long term storage, many petabytes backup, distribution among companies when making some sort of video/movie then the LTO is a natural choice. This is not to say LTO doesn't have its place.
..until now.There are none available, nor do I ever expect to see one available.
Thank you! English web page here: http://www.unitex.co.jp/en/products/ltotapesystem/lt50lt40usb.html..until now.
I did a search for this exact issue, and this HF thread was the first link. And then further down the page.. so apparently this Japanese company is now offering an IBM LTO5 in a USB 3.0 external case as of September 2012. Yay, tape storage is relevant again!
Actually, in the context that I described it in (a noun), "itinerant technician"; itinerant is defined here as "traveling from place to place"Learn something new.
An itinerant is a person who travels from place to place with no fixed home. The term comes from the late 16th century: from late Latin itinerant (travelling), from the verb itinerari, from Latin iter, itiner (journey, road).
I don't expect they will be selling many of those at that price...and then I emailed them asking about retail pricing. Their reply: 700,000¥.
Or if you prefer, about $8400USD at current exchange rates. In more practical terms, that's 3x the cost of a SAS LTO-5 drive by Quantum or HP here in the USA. Seriously, at their quoted MSRP you could buy THREE SAS drives and a controller card for each. And all they've really done is change the interface of the drive from SAS to USB 3.0 for 3x the price.
So, not the sort of item your average itinerant technician will be carrying around.