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The Secret Life of Tape

Our favorite storage pundit Henry Newman writes that while tape is the best technology for long term data storage, you still need to be mindful of its life span:

Let me repeat: Tape does not have a standard framework to known information that is collected and analyzed. There are vendors that provide third-party products, and some tape library vendors support collection, but it is not a standard. This, in my opinion, is a big mistake for the tape drive vendors, as you cannot track the media or drive issues without specialize software.

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