Imation's new Ultim LTO 5 tape has a native capacity of up to 3 terabytes, the first in the world to cross into the multi-terabyte realm. It plans to ship later this year.
Imation is the leader in the magnetic tape market, which has become somewhat antiquated in the digital world but is still used in some data storage devices, especially for huge industrial applications.
"Magnetic tape remains the most cost-efficient way for businesses to address storage and compliance requirements, whether for long-term data archive or regular backup of active data," said Imation's CTO.
The new LTO 5 generation of tape offers data transfer rates of up to 280 megabytes per second, data encryption, and a partitioning functionality that is exclusive to the new format.
It is also backwards compatible with previous versions of the technology (LTO 4 and LTO 3).
The new tape has gotten certification from the Measurement Analysis Corporation and has gone through rigorous tests from HP, IBM, and others, and is now set to be shipped within the next year.
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