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Is the data or digital content you’re writing, creating, or capturing going to last longer than the media it’s written on? The majority of every organization that works with such information or content will answer, “Yes.”

That means the information will have to be moved from the original technology it’s stored on to a newer technology – welcome to ‘data migration’. The life of disk drives in production is roughly three to four years. LTO tape cartridges have a shelf life of 30 years, but requires a tape drive capable of reading the tape media 30 years later. As data and digital content become ever more important in our modern society, so does the need for a modernized approach to data and content migration.

Typically, migration conversations revolve solely around the migration of data. Using the new Spectra® Stack Tape Library, the discussion begins around the movement of the actual LTO tape drives. There are a few manufacturers who allow users to move their LTO drives from existing libraries into new libraries as long as the manufacturer in question provides both the older libraries and the newer libraries that the drives are moved from and to. Spectra is unique in allowing LTO drives to be moved from a non-Spectra library into the Spectra Stack Tape Library.

Figure 1: Migrating LTO drives and LTO media from an existing tape library to a new Spectra Stack library.

The ability to repurpose your existing tape drives offers tremendous investment protection for users, and, as will be shown below, offers greater versatility and migration benefits.

To read more, download our White Paper on Migrating with Spectra Stack.