FLAPE! What is that? The creative minds at Wikibon coined this term to describe a combination of flash and tape for storing archival data. In an article by Wikibon’s David Floyer, “this combination of technologies when used for long-term archiving can save IT departments as much as 300% of their overall IT budget over the course of 10 years. The concept behind the Flape architecture is to place the most active data as well as the metadata (the info about the data) on flash, and the rest of the (cool and cold) data on tape. The combination of flash and tape provides IT with the right balance of performance and cost for a number of use cases.” This combination can be the perfect pairing of storage technologies.