About the TSC

Founded in 2012, the Tape Storage Council is a collaborative industry group dedicated to promoting the current trends, usages and technology innovations occurring within the tape storage industry.

The Tape Storage Council, which includes representatives of BDT, Data Protection Association, Detron, Frontier BV, FUJIFILM, GazillaByte, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Imagine Products, Insurgo Media, Integra, Iron Mountain, Park Place Technologies, Oracle, Overland Storage, Qualstar, Quantum, REB Storage Systems, Recall, Spectra Logic, StrongBox Data Solutions, Tandberg Data, Turtle and XpresspaX has issued the following memo to highlight the current trends, usages and technology innovations occurring within the tape storage industry. 


Tape continued to expand its offerings and reach in 2018 and has been fueled by more than a decade of significant technological development and this trend shows no signs of letting up. The TS1160 enterprise tape drive arrived in 2018, helping tape tackle mounting storage-intensive challenges including cloud storage, High Performance Computing (HPC), and the expanding number of hyperscale data centers while positioning for the unknown appetite of entertainment, surveillance, and the rapid emergence of the IoT and edge computing.

Steady technology improvements continue to give tape the lowest cost, highest capacity, fastest data transfer rates, and most reliable storage medium available, with the reliability of tape three orders of magnitude better than the best HDDs. Since the first LTO drive, LTO-1, was announced in 2001 with a native capacity of 100 GB, the LTO roadmap has expanded and defines generations through LTO-12 providing 192 TB native capacity, a 1,920x capacity increase. Modern tape continues to drive reliability, capacity, and data rates to the highest levels in the storage industry, making it the most cost-effective, long-term storage solution storage available.