With the explosion of digital information worldwide, organisations are struggling to manage storage costs while meeting end-user demands for accessibility. In addition, business analytics have significantly increased the value of data stored for long periods of time. But storing this static, rarely accessed data on expensive storage media puts additional strain on shrinking IT budgets.
IBM® Linear Tape File System Enterprise Edition (LTFS EE) gives organisations an easy way to use cost-effective IBM tape drives and libraries within a tiered storage infrastructure. By using tape libraries instead of disks for Tier 2 and Tier 3 data storage – data that is stored for long-term retention – organisations can improve efficiency and reduce costs. In addition, LTFS EE seamlessly integrates with the scalability, manageability and performance of GPFS, an IBM enterprise file management platform that enables organisations to move beyond simply adding storage – to optimising data management.