Sony to Prove That Tape is Still Alive and Well!

If you have been on the fence about investing in tape for data storage, you may be interested to learn that Sony has recently decided to license the soon to be released LTO-6 technology.

A few days ago, Sony announced that it has signed a licensing contract with the Linear Tape Open (LTO) consortium, which includes the brain trust of HP, IBM, and Quantum.

With the current economy and the rapid density growth of tape, Sony has decided that tape is a solid investment for corporations around the world. In fact, the LTO-6 will boast of 3.2TB of raw data storage capacity, 8TB with 2.5.1 compression, and 210MB/Sec transfer rate.

This makes tape a powerful choice for organizations that realize how expensive disk storage can be for storing large amounts of legacy data. On the other hand, the offline nature of tape helps reduce energy costs. Plus, you can’t get more durable than tape, as it can sit for decades and still work perfectly when important data is needed for recall.

When the LTO-6 hits the market, it will mark the sixth generation of LTO tape made available to organizations and more than double the amount of storage currently available with LTO-5 devices. In order to make such an amazing jump in density, Sony will utilize a newly developed magnetic particle and other key manufacturing advances which have yet to be disclosed.

For tape fans who like the LTO-5’s Linear Tape File System (LTFS), they will be thrilled that the all-new LTO-6 will also include the feature. The specs surrounding the LTO-6 have yet to be revealed, but it is very probable that there will be other groundbreaking features included.

The LTO consortium’s primary concern is to continually develop tape that is easy to utilize, while providing a safe and effective manner in which to store proprietary data. In an effort to assure the market that tape will be around for years to come, the consortium has already announced that the LTO-7 and LTO-8 will be released in 2014 and 2016 respectively. The LTO-7 will boast of 6.4TB of raw data storage, and the LTO-8 will offer an amazing 12.8TB!

It is probable that Sony jumped at the idea of developing a line of LTO-6 products because of the LTO’s commitment to density growth in the coming years.

For those who have doubted tape’s longevity, the above news will definitely provide a new perspective!

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Jan 20, 2012 by