With data growth measured in the tens of zettabytes, the combined capacities of disk and flash storage will be insufficient to store all the bits. That's where tape comes in, with its long runway of capacity growth milestones on the horizon.
Even the cloudies, who are among the first to encounter the data deluge, get the need for tape. IBM told us some stories about tape in the cloud when we went to Tucson, AZ recently to hear about their LTO-8 tape drive announcement.
Thanks to Colleen Sanchez, Lee Jesionowski, Tony Pearson and Ed Childers for their time and their insights.