Data storage

multi-cloud support capabilities drive renewed interest in tape

Spectra Logic has announced the release of its seventh Data Storage Outlook report. This explores how the world manages, accesses, uses and preserves its ever-growing repositories of data. Serving as a valuable planning resource for IT managers, it also delves into strategies and technologies designed with the vital role of protecting data created now and in the future.

The Data Storage Outlook report examines technologies defining the long-term storage landscape, covering persistent memory, flash, magnetic disk, tape, optical, cloud, and future storage innovation.

Highlights explored in the 2022 report include:


  • PCIe Gen 5 products are in the early stages of announcement and promise speeds above 10 Gb/s.
  • Innovations include the use of flash disk systems inside to improve capacity and performance.


  • LTO-9 tape now comes with a capacity point of 18TB per cartridge, a 50% capacity increase over LTO-8.
  • Several tape vendors are now offering systems that support the AWS S3 Glacier storage interface will open up a realm of cost-effective new possibilities between tape and cloud and prove revolutionary for data-centric organizations newly freed from monthly fees. cloud storage.


  • Cloud providers will consume, both in terms of volume and revenue, an increasingly large share of the storage needed to support the digital world.
  • 2022 will see the continued delivery of products designed with the cloud in mind, capable of supporting highly complex workflows. These solutions enable seamless integration of applications into storage infrastructure regardless of storage location, whether in the cloud, multiple clouds, and/or multiple on-premises locations.
  • End users will no longer have to think about the underlying storage system, being empowered to set policies that enable automatic movement of data to the right location(s), to the right storage tiers , at the right time, with the freedom to decide which processes they want to run locally and which in the cloud.


  • More emphasis will be placed on the consumption of electrical energy generated from non-renewable energy sources due to growing concerns about global warming.
  • As the demand for information technology is expected to increase sixfold over the next decade, the challenge will be how to meet this demand while trying to reduce the associated carbon dioxide emissions.

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