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StrongLink: Next Generation Data and Storage Management Software Technology

StrongLink®, the latest software product from StrongBox Data Solutions, is a powerful solution that combines AI (artificial intelligence) with metadata-based workflow engines to enable end-to-end management of both your data and your storage resources. This is a new and unique approach to managing your entire data environment that automates data classification and life cycle management for any data, on any storage, anywhere.

StrongLink can leverage the power of metadata to create a single global namespace across multiple storage devices from multiple vendors. This enables administrators to optimize storage resources without affecting user workflows, and enables authorized users an easy way to globally search for, access, and manage data across any storage environment including cloud.

StrongLink eliminates storage vendor silos and lock-in
The dilemma in data and storage management is no one-size-fits-all storage solution can address the entirety of an organization’s data access and retention (storage) requirements. As data volumes soar customers often choose to lock into a single storage vendor in the hope of minimizing incompatibilities. The problems with approach are increased risk, limited choices, and usually spending more than is necessary on the storage infrastructure
StrongLink was specifically designed to eliminate these problems, empowering the customer to globally manage their data using their existing storage, or bridging otherwise incompatible storage silos. StrongLink creates a logical abstraction of the physical storage within the enterprise and can bring together multiple file systems including cloud storage options into a global namespace. This gives organizations global visibility into all storage resources with a policy-based management system providing greater efficiency and effectiveness.

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LTO product roadmap extended through Generation 12

The LTO Program Technology Provider Companies, HP, IBM and Quantum, announced in October an extended product roadmap that includes two additional generations with even more capacity and throughput. The extended roadmap now includes generations 11 and 12. The new generation guidelines call for uncompressed capacities of 96 TB for generation 11 (240 TB compressed) and 192 TB for generation 12 (480 TB compressed). Data transfer rates are expected to increase beyond the 360 MB/second for generation 8. The new generations will include read-and-write backwards compatibility with the prior generation. The chart below shows the roadmap through generation 10. (for more information:


Thunderbolt options for LTO-6, LTO-7 & now LTO-8 tape drives

mLogic continues to provide Thunderbolt connectivity for standalone LTO tape drives. Starting with the LTO-6 generation mLogic has offered standalone LTO tape drives with Thunderbolt 2.0 dual port connectivity. mLogic recently announced their LTO-8 product offering up to 300 MB/S data transfer rates. Contact MTMP Solutions for more information.

Store up to 154 Terabytes on an LTO Cartridge

Earlier in 2014 Fujifilm announced a new data tape storage record of 154TB on advanced prototype tape. This achievement demonstrates the current tape format will satisfy the requirements of tape storage well beyond the currently announced LTO generation 10 specifications. “A new record in areal data density of 85.9 billion bits per square inch on cost-efficient linear magnetic particulate tape has been achieved. This breakthrough in data density equates to a standard LTO cartridge capable of storing up to 154 terabytes of uncompressed data, which is 62 times greater than today’s current LTO6 cartridge capacity. This new record was reached using an advanced prototype tape incorporating NANOCUBIC technology developed by Fujifilm, with advanced tape-drive technologies developed by IBM.” (for more information: )