Friday, 18 December 2015 09:07

Fujifilm LTO-7, 15TB Data Tapes – first with Dicker Data

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Tape backup is not dead - its as cost effective as ever. Fujifilm’s LTO-7 has a 15TB capacity and can back up at 750MB/s.

Australian owned and operated Dicker Data (ASX: DDR) is the first company in Australia to have received stock of the new Fujifilm LTO-7 Ultrium 7 Data Cartridge. Global demand for the new LTO7 has been very high.

Paul Tutton, Dicker Data’s Business Development manager said, “Being first to market with such a unique product as Fujifilm’s new LTO7 tapes is important to Dicker Data as we can focus its in-depth knowledge storage knowledge to tailor solutions to meet our 3000 reseller’s clients’ needs.”

Tutton sees Fujifilm’s unique Barium Ferrite technology as a key differentiator and factor in the success of LTO7 adding, “BaFe (Barium-Ferrite) magnetic particles offer outstanding recording and retrieval performance and are ideal for long-term storage. The high coercivity, high signal to noise ratio and superior frequency characteristics make BaFe magnetic particles a superior technology that can help further increase the capacity and longevity of magnetic tape. This is good for our customers and their customers alike.”

In 2011 Fujifilm was the first in the world to commercialise BaFe magnetic tapes. In 2012 it introduced LTO Ultrium data cartridge. The LTO-7, the company also uses NanoCubic technology) expanding storage capacity to about 2.4 times that of LTO-6 with 1.9x faster data transfers.

Features:

  • Allows high-speed data transfers at 750MB/s and offers a maximum recording capacity of 15TB
  • The 960m tapes are 12.65 mm-wide, 5.6μm thick, and can record 3,584 tracks, reaching 15TB for compressed data (or 6TB for non-compressed data)
  • 32 channel magnetic heads allow for high-speed data transfer reaching 750MB/s. Data can be transferred and restored in 5.6 hours 
  • Optimal for data centres and the cold storage of high-definition video equivalent to two hours in the '4K DCI 24p 10bit' format used for editing 4K video
  • Capable of storing data for over 30 years
  • Supports LTFS open-standard file system. The Meta-data area on the tape itself avoids the need for vendor-specific backup software, and allows for cross-platform data exchanges. Data stored on magnetic tapes can be handled as files just as in the case of data on a HDD
  • Cartridge memory - 130,816 bits (16,352 byte); Internal EEPROM

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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