News Fujifilm Won't Let Tape Storage Die: New LTO-8 Cartridges with 12TB and 30TB capacity, 750 MBps Transfer Rate

Sep 14, 2019
How can you use such an absurd title to this article ''Fujifilm won’t let Tape storage die’'???... The storage capacity delivered on tape is three times higher than that delivered ten years ago. The Gafam, the banks, the scientific research, the Broadcast, Cloud providers, hospitals, governments, industries are on tape ! The digitization of data coupled with new regulations on long-term data retention have generated a new application, a new demand, called "Data Archiving", and it is on this segment that tape is dominant, since it only has one competitor, optical technology. You could have said that the tape was not really needed in the 2000s when users archived their data on paper and made backups on tape or hard drives. You are a few years behind in your analysis of the situation. The real title of your article should have been: tape has finally met its natural market.
Eventually, the only segment of the market where new tapes are still unknown is that of users who store less than 100-150TB of data. And there again, it's only a matter of time. In the space of 5 years, everything has changed in the world of storage tapes. The best way to highlight the technological revolution initiated by tape manufacturers such as Fujifilm and IBM is that you will not find another technology that has achieved in just 6 years and two generations such progress in performance: the storage capacity has been multiplied by 4.8 between the 2.5TB of LTO6 (2013) and the 12TB of LTO8 (2019). The write speed has doubled: 160MB/s for the LTO6 and 360MB/s for the LTO8. And the data integrity has been multiplied by 100: BER of 1X10(17) against 1X10(19). The Hard Disk is, now, far far behind in terms of modernity and performance. We cannot even compare the specifications of both technologies anymore.