Sony has taken a major stand regarding the validity of tape for data storage and backup for the present and future. The company has officially announced that it will be working to take tape to new heights by signing a licensing deal with the Linear Tape Open (LTO)
consortium to produce and distribute LTO-6 technologies.
You may be well aware that the LTO-5
has recently made a mark on the technology world, with its impressive density and Linear Tape File System (LTFS). While the LTO-5 has made many IT professionals quite happy, they will be even more thrilled when the LTO-6 offers more than two times the power!
The LTO-6 is set to offer 3.2TB of raw data storage capacity, 8TB with 2.5.1 compression, and a 210MB/Second transfer rate. Additionally, the new LTO version will include the LTFS and a host of other features that have yet to be announced. The advancements will not only make tape more practical for usage by leading and emerging organizations, it is surely to influence many disk storage device users to second guess the exorbitant amounts of money they are putting out by operating purely on-line data storage infrastructures.
In the case that you are unfamiliar with the LTO consortium, it is a collection of organizations (including HP, IBM, and Quantum) that have dedicated an amazing amount of time and resources to keeping tape alive. It is their goal to reveal that:
1. Tape is more cost-effective than disk
, as it saves organizations numerous dollars on energy and storage costs.
2. Tape is extremely durable.
Recent tests have revealed that it can last for 50 years and more and easily utilized for data recall and backups.
3. Tape has major density potential.
As proven by the history of LTO tapes, density is increasing by leaps and bounds each year. It will continue to do the same in the coming years!
Both the LTO consortium and Sony have revealed the major increase in density for the LTO-6 is the result of a newly developed magnetic particle and other new manufacturing advancements that have yet to be fully shared with the world.
The groundbreaking advancements have also spurred the LTO consortium to announce 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. How is that for a commitment to tape!
At this point, it appears that the sky is the limit for tape technologies. More news to come, as LTO developments are shared by the powers that be!
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