Introduces New Interface to Tape Storage
A data revolution is occurring as more and more organizations discover new ways to extract value from their data. This movement envelops numerous markets including Web 2.0, cloud services, big data, media and entertainment, oil and gas exploration, life sciences, federal and state government, social media, and finance, among others. The desire to collect and analyze information for the sake of improving everything from business decisions to overall life experiences has driven data repositories to grow to sizes that were once inconceivable. Once reserved for federal government and supercomputing environments, online data repositories of multiple petabytes, and even exabytes, are starting to become common place in the enterprise. These modern use cases are driving new requirements for long term mass storage aimed at increasing efficiency, lowering costs and improving access.
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Until now, modern applications using RESTful, object-based architectures could not directly access tape storage and thereby receive the associated benefits (lowest cost, highest density, most power efficient, best longevity, designed for portability) because tape did not have the ability to communicate using RESTful protocols. At the same time, RESTful interfaces have gained acceptance as a simpler, easier-to-use interface design, as evidenced by the adoption of REST by mainstream Web 2.0 service providers—including Yahoo, Amazon and Facebook, as well as organizations that use RESTful interfaces as their preference to move data around the cloud.