Sony and Fujifilm are locked in a struggle for tape supremacy, with the latter revealing it is preparing for tape media with an areal density of 224Gbit per square inch, which translates to a genuine life ability of close to 400TB.

Fujifilm – which has just declared its 1st Tape-as-a-Company supplying – is betting on Strontium Ferrite (SrFe) as opposed to the well known Barium Ferrite, which is applied in most LTO tapes, the ability of which currently leading 12TB (uncompressed) or 30TB (compressed applying an sector ratio of 2.5:1).

LTO-eight will make way for LTO-9 later on this calendar year and, with the final 4 LTO generations delivered more than the past 6 yrs, just one can hope the next 4 (LTO-10, LTO-11, LTO-12 and LTO-thirteen) to be obtainable by 2026 (dependent on sector circumstances).

Tape supremacy

At 384TB, a one LTO-thirteen tape is very likely to be the one biggest device of storage in the earth, considerably outclassing challenging disk drives (with capacities stalling, getting grown by only 2TB per technology) and sound condition drives, which achieved 100TB in 2018 and then stopped growing.

It would consider a very bold man or woman without a doubt to wager in opposition to LTO becoming the 1st media to access 1PB (that’s just one million Gigabyte).

The biggest issue with tape has to do with accessing the appropriate file, which is why it is found as an archiving media previously mentioned all. Transfer charges are unlikely to be an issue, with LTO-thirteen very likely to surpass 16Gbps, but that however indicates you will want at minimum a day to fill just one up, primarily if the tape length surpasses 1,000m.

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