HGST 8TB Drives – Helium Make Them Take Wing

We recently installed 45 HGST 8TB hard drives and we followed performance of the HGST drives for their data stacking stage to see how well they performed. This is the thing that we know along these lines.

Helium Drives

The HGST 8TB drives are stacked with Helium. By HGST composing, the helium-filled environment lets the plates turn more easily as helium offers less resistance versus air. This suggests less power is required to turn the plates and they run cooler. It moreover suggests they can have more disks and examined/make heads with the HGST 8TB drive having 7 plates in a near space as various drives.


1. Our checking system reports that a drive has gone logged off in Pod 902.

2. Case 902 is flipped into upkeep mode. This places the Pod in read just mode, allowing any current to compose operations complete then simply allowing read operations.

3. Once the Pod is in upkeep mode, a datacenter expert uses the checking system to survey the issue planning to make sense of whether it is just a drive frustration or something more. Dependent upon the failure the drive can be restarted, yet habitually the drive is dead. That was the circumstance in Pod 902. Starting at this moment the drive is reserved for substitution.

4. Contingent upon workload and the season of-day, the failed drive is supplanted wherever from two or three minutes to a few hours afterward. The Pod continues working in read-only mode in the midst of that time.

5. To supplant the drive, the datacenter authority suspends new read operations then close down the Storage Pod.

6. The master finds the Storage Pod and slides it out of the rack. They open the Pod, locate the dead drive, certify it is the failed drive using the serial number, supplant the drive, and after that adjacent up the Pod. This consistently takes 3-5 minutes.

7. Once the Pod is back in the rack, it is restarted. The supplanted drive is then coordinated up into its RAID show. This can take wherever from two or three hours to a couple of days depending upon the degree of the drive. In the midst of this time, the Pod stays in upkeep mode, which implies it is scrutinized in a manner of speaking.

8. Once the new drive sync is done, the Pod is set again into full organization. This was the circumstance with Pod 902 and it continued stacking data ensuing to being in bolster (read) mode for around 49 hours.


Advantages of LTO 7 Data Tapes

With volumes of information becoming exponentially—and not a single end to be seen—the IBM LTO Ultrium 7 information cartridge is intended to offer associations some assistance with protecting and save more information for more timeframes. This most recent era of the IBM arrangement offers more than twofold the capacity limit of past eras for long haul information protection that gives security as it supports fast, solid access to information and guarantees business versatility.


Features and Benefits of LTO 7 Ultrium Tape

Higher Storage Capacity
6TB native and up to 15TB Compressed

Better Performance
– Expect data transfer rates of up to 700 MB/sec

Backward Compatible
LTO 7 drives can read LTO 5 tapes and Read and Write to LTO 6 Tapes

Future Compatibility
LTO 7 tapes will be able to be read by and written to by LTO 8 tape drives and be able to be read by LTO 9 drives.

LTO-7 tape drive technology will increase the tape head channel count from 16 to 32. This increase will provide a higher data transfer rate, resulting in a reduction of approximately 50% of the time to read or write a full tape.

Compare To LTO-6

Large gains in capacity and performance

– 2.4 times more capacity
– 87% higher performance

Big Savings From LTO 6 Migration to LTO 7

– Reduce database backup windows by 35%
– Reduce floor space expense by 65%

Generation To Generation Comparison

Here is it

Gen to Gen Capacity Increase Performance Increase
LTO4 to LTO5 87.5% 16.7%
LTO5 to LTO6 66.7% 14.3%
LTO6 to LTO7 140% 87.5


DLT Tapes Vs LTO Tapes

What Is A DLT Tape?
Digital Linear Tape (DLT) is a compelling tape setup developed by an inborn firm named DEC of Hewlett-Packard. DLT tapes are ½ inches wide and come in burly plastic packages containers. DLT tapes have the capacity to store between 10GB to 40GB of uncompressed data, and are a quite famous data storage solution.

What Is A LTO Tape?
Linear Tape Open (LTO) is a standard tape format produced by major technology companies like Seagate, HP, and IBM. It is a tough competitor of DLT. LTO tapes have the capacity to store 384 data tracks which can be divided into 4 data bands of 96 tracks. Each data band can be filled one at a time in linear approach. LTO tapes include 4K of uncompressed memory which can comprehend through non-contacting inactive RF interface.


Which Is Better DLT Tape Or LTO Tape?

When it comes to comparing LTO and DLT, the latest version of both the products offers 400GB capacity respectively, 80MBps (native) for LTO-3 and 32MBps (native) capacity for DLT-600. If high capacity and top level performance is your priority then LTO-7 is best choice currently. On the other hand an LT0-7 drive will cost you a little bit more than a DLT-S4 tape.

Important Facts About The Two

  • The critical difference between the two is the unusual storage systems and the way off their working.
  • LTO tapes have more storage capacity as compared to DLT tapes and it’s a tough competition for DLT tapes.
  • The price factor also varies between the two but there is not much significant difference.


Effective Tips to Backup your Critical Business Data

Regardless of the business you are in at some point the one thing you are going to need is data recovery. Diverse methods are used to serve this purpose, but the one main problem that arises at that particular time is to backup data. Due to a variety of files and folders it gets difficult to backup a specific file at the time of need. At this stage the worst case scenario is not to have a backup at all, you will find the time to recover data by searching for it. Following are some tips that will help you to backup data through various methods.


Use latest technology

Hard drives were once widely personalized and used, but these days LTO backup tapes have replaced them widely. Plenty of reasons have caused this reform, one of them being the effectiveness and efficacy of backup tapes.

Backup tapes provide better service than the hard drives. If hard drives are repeatedly used, they usually corrupt and fail to backup data. Other threats like viruses and Trojans also attack hard drives.

Weekly or Daily Backup

Some companies do backup on a weekly basis that is not practical for other companies and even for personal use. However, it is recommended that there should be daily backup of all the work that you do to avoid any consequences. Viruses and hackers don’t have a specific time to attack your information, so it is better to be prepared.

Clean the data storage device

Viruses and hackers are always going to attack your software, running a good anti-virus is as important as having backups. It must be kept in mind that storage devices must be clean, this feature is hard to attain with hard drives. Another problem related to hard drive is multiple file storage and accidental deletion while the LTO backup tapes come with WORM (WORM means: write once and read many) which eliminates the accidental deletion and rewriting of the same file.

Save your time

Hard drives are going to take a while to store data and for backup as well. LTO backup tapes transfer up to the speed of 160 MB per sec and stores large amounts of data.

Double backup

As much as we love to see how far technology has come there is always a catch, your backup can fail as well. It is suggested to save the data in two areas or different drives to avoid any mishap or data loss.