Once viewed as an outdated and superseded technology, tape is making a comeback as a very useful data storage mechanism due to the increasingly large capacities of data which it’s able to contain – of vital importance in a today’s data saturated environment.
The current LTO Gen 6 drives started hitting the market in late 2012, about 24 months after the LTO Gen 5 drives appeared, and offer a native capacity of 3.2 TB, and native data transfer rate of 210 MB per second.
The market should start to see the new LTO Gen 7 drives by the end of this year, according to the LTO group. Those new drives will offer a native capacity of 6.4 TB and a native data transfer rate of 315 MB per second.
Looking even further ahead, LTO Gen 8 drives – which we could see by 2016, give or take – are slated to have a native capacity of 12.8 TB and a native data transfer rate of 472 MB per second.
This is excellent news for companies needing to backup and store large quantities of data.
First Distribution carries two ranges of LTO – Imation and IBM Aftermarket, and interested parties are urged to call their First Distribution Account Manager for competitive pricing as soon as possible.