LTO vs. Cloud

Using LTO (Linear Tape-Open) technology and cloud
storage each come with their own set of benefits. The
choice between LTO and cloud depends on the specific
needs and requirements of your data storage and backup strategy. 

Benefits of LTO


The first step of the 3-2-1 backup strategy is to create threecopies of your critical data. The original data on your primary storage serves as the first copy. The other two copies will act as backups to ensure redundancy and protection against data loss.

Data Security

LTO tapes are offline storage, which means they are not susceptible to cyberattacks or unauthorized access like cloud storage, which relies on internet connectivity. Durability and Longevity: LTO tapes have a long shelf life and can retain data integrity for several decades when stored properly. This makes them ideal for archival purposes, ensuring your data remains accessible and secure over time.


LTO technology evolves with each generation, providing higher capacity and faster transfer speeds. As your data storage needs grow, you can upgrade to newer LTO generations, preserving your investment in the technology.

Downsides of Cloud Storage

Internet Dependency

Cloud storage relies on internet connectivity. If your internet connection is slow or unreliable, accessing and uploading data to the cloud may be challenging and time-consuming.

Data Security and Privacy Concerns

Storing sensitive or confidential data in the cloud raises security and privacy concerns. While cloud providers implement security measures, data breaches and unauthorized access to cloud-stored data are still possible.


Although cloud storage often provides a pay-as-you-go model, the costs can accumulate over time, especially if you have large amounts of data to store. The expenses can become significant compared to other storage options like LTO, which has a lower cost per terabyte.

Limited Control

When using cloud storage, you are entrusting your data to the cloud provider. This means you have limited control over data management and security practices, which may not align with your specific requirements or compliance needs.

Data Transfer Speeds

Uploading or restoring large amounts of data to or from the cloud can be time-consuming, particularly if you have a slow internet connection.

Cost Comparison


$6 TB/mo


$5 TB/mo

AWS Glacier

$4 TB/mo

LTO Tape

$75 TB - Flat

Archiving 10TB of Data

Cost per Year

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LTO tapes are well-suited for cost-effective, long-term archival storage with high durability and security benefits. Cloud storage, on the other hand, is advantageous for its accessibility, automated backups, scalability, and seamless integration with various applications. Some organizations may choose to use a combination of both LTO and cloud storage, capitalizing on the strengths of each approach to create a comprehensive data backup and storage strategy.