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Imation makes multi-terabyte tape storage breakthrough

Cliff Saran

In what has been touted as a breakthrough in tape storage, Imation says it has developed a tape cartridge that supports multiple terabytes of native capacity on a single MP tape cartridge.

The Imation LTO-5 tape cartridge offers 3.2Tbytes of compressed storage and data transfer rates of up to 360mbps, Imation said. The cartridge is due to launch in early 2010.

Anna Lidén, product manager for magnetic and commercial storage at Imation Europe, said, "Metal particulate media is a proven standard in data storage, and with MP-based LTO-5, we will be almost doubling the capacity of the cartridges."

Imation LTO-5 tape cartridges specification

3.2Tbytes of compressed storage and data transfer rates of up to 360mbps.

Enhancements in servo technology and improved data compression ensure the same length of tape can store more information, allowing datacentre managers to keep their existing footprint without adding space to accommodate the growth in primary storage.

Proprietary TeraAngstrom technology creates magnetic media with a smoother surface and a high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), delivering reduced errors and faster transfer rates, according to Imation.


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