Thoughts on the Life-Span of Magnetic Tape

One more thing from Government Video Expo, held Dec 3 – 5 in Washington, DC.

Spectra Logic makes equipment for archiving servers and media. More specifically, they make LTO tape drives, which are my current favorite for backing up tapeless media.

Hossein ZiaShakiri, vice president of business development and alliances for Spectra Logic, chatted with me on my podcast – Digital Production BuZZ – about the best way to back up media, the software necessary to do so, and what kind of equipment to consider. However, toward the end of the interview, our discussion shifted to the life-span of magnetic tape.

Again, this is a short quote, but I think you’ll find it interesting, since it comes from an individual with a lot of experience in making sure the data you put on the tape is able to be successfully played back.

Note: Once the clip loads into your browser, you may need to press the RETURN key to start playback.

Click here to listen to Hossein’s quote. (TRT: 0:30 — 600 KB)

Click here to view a list of all the shows we did a GV Expo. (TRT: 1 hour — streamed)

One Response to Thoughts on the Life-Span of Magnetic Tape

  1. Nick P says:

    Interesting Larry…

    For me it highlights the management required around archiving to tape. No access to data online and a management headache refreshing your content and shifting data to new formats.

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