Demand for tape backup stays sturdy, although gross sales had been halted as a consequence of a lately settled patent dispute.
Fujifilm introduced their first industrial LTO-Eight storage tape on Monday, in Japan. Given the inflexible specs of Linear Tape-Open (LTO) know-how, the Fujifilm LTO Ultrium8 Information Cartridge is solely a product constructed to spec. Like every LTO-Eight product, it might retailer 12TB natively (or 30 TB compressed), with max speeds of 360 MB/s native, or 750 MB/s compressed.
The corporate touts the tapes as utilizing Fujifilm’s Barium Ferrite (BaFe) paramagnetism coating course of for long-term storage. The tapes can be found in customary and 20-tape economic system packs, in addition to in a WORM (write as soon as, learn many) variant.
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Notably, Fujifilm is one in every of two remaining LTO tape producers, and had been embroiled in a patent lawsuit with Sony (their sole competitor). Fujifilm initially sued Sony over patent licensing, prompting a countersuit, which resulted in a US import ban—of LTO merchandise (together with some last-generation, LTO-7 cartridges) from each producers in March. Throughout that point, Fujifilm had not began manufacturing or promoting LTO-Eight cartridges, regardless of the usual being launched in December 2017.
This import ban resulted in widespread shortages of Sony’s LTO-Eight tapes (that are additionally rebadged by distributors), and a stopgap LTO-7 Sort M resolution—basically utilizing LTO-Eight requirements with LTO-7 media to squeeze an additional 3TB of capability—which complicates gadget lifecycles, as LTO-9 drives will likely be unable to learn these tapes. This probably places customers of tape methods within the precarious place of working drives unsupported by the producer.
Though Sony and Fujifim are the remaining producers of LTO media, the corresponding drives wanted to learn or write information are offered by IBM, Quantum, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
With elevated enthusiasm for all-flash arrays, the standard platter laborious disk drive (HDD) market has shrunk to solely three, with HGST’s 3.5″ disk drive enterprise offered to Toshiba as a part of regulatory necessities for his or her merger with Western Digital. Whereas 4-level/cell (QLC) and 5-level/cell (PLC) will do extra to satisfy capability calls for, these applied sciences don’t put Flash storage on observe to achieve parity with HDDs, likewise, these additionally come at a big value, as write endurance decreases as density will increase.
For extra, take a look at “Seagate leads in disk drive deployments, failures in Backblaze report” and “Can Toshiba’s XL-FLASH SLC compete with Intel within the storage-class reminiscence market?” on TechRepublic.