Bravo Richard! I am in total agreement. I would like to mention that there are other data tape drives other then LTO. I happen to like LTO because of multi-vendor support and a real roadmap, but there are other players like Storage Tek that have other product. But yes the changed has occurred first in Audio, and Video and Film are not that far behind.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Richard L. Hess [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Wednesday, February 23, 2005 09:44 PM
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Audio storage on external hard drives
> Steve, I am totally dubious about this as well and I am not suggesting that
> you take a drive and put it on the shelf for a year.
> What I'm saying is that you have enough storage in your online, redundant,
> managed, and verified store to hold the content of your archive.
> To my way of thinking, the only other alternative for large archives today
> is LTO tape.
> Both will require migration of the content from drive to drive or tape to
> tape over time.
> This is an IT data management question and must be seen and addressed in
> that context. It is no longer doing something and putting it on the shelf
> for 15 years. It becomes active management. The model has changed and if we
> don't change with it, there will be very unhappy people.
> As Scott said earlier, it's a shame that we all need to become IT
> professionals, but that is, I fear, indeed the case. Now, I need to go back
> to rearranging my online storage systems.
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