Re: Incorrect extrapolation - wrong commercial understanding
YOU CLEARLY HAVE NO CLUE WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT!
Yeah kill LTO and just use HDUs... Seriously? So why aren't Data Centers, Enterprises doing that right now? Why didn't they do it in the past years?
Hard Disk Drives and SSDs are far less reliable for any archive purposes than high-end enterprise class tapes like the LTO standard.
And archiving on LTO is a lot cheaper too. And it will still be cheaper in the next 5 or 10 years at least.
The upcoming Intel 3D XPoint might be able to deliver some reliable SSD drives (because NAND flash sucks big time) but it will still be a lot more expensive for many years than LTO tapes and it might never get as cheap as the tapes.
Your dreams are far from reality.
LTO-8 and LTO-9 and LTO-10 are going to happen regardless of what you think or expect which clearly is anything you have no clue about.
"What do I think data centres would do without tape?
In the long term (like 2025), use slightly more expensive cold-stored HDD.
*some* cloudy stuff is archived on tape, but most (by data volume) is not. The info is all in the article. Tape is a minority interest.
8 and 9 don't exist (obvs). The roadmap exists. The tooling does not. hardware isn't made by leprechauns.
I wrote it above, exactly: there are customers who do want tape. But "want", and "are prepared to treble or quadruple their spend, to cost share the r and d with a declining industry" are different.
I expect you "want" it, and your business will be slightly spannered when tape dies. But I'm equally sure that if you ask your boss - hey, can you just sign off this budget for $30M , to fund this other companies r and d, they will laugh. Point is, *theres no one to split the bill with, there just aren't enough customers in your position, with deep enough pockets*
That's the way capitalism works"