New in Taps Technology

By: Eddi Hassan
New high-end and midrange tape products arecoming, with a focus on security and reliability. Baba Direct, with financial customers as one target audience, is now shippingWORM (write-once, read-many) technology in AIT devices. Meanwhile, ImationCorp. has improved its capacity and signal-to-noise ratio in LTO units. The developments follow recent overall format upgrades of both AdvancedIntelligent Tape and Linear Tape-Open. Baba Direct put the WORM firmware in its AIT-3 media and drives, both from SonyElectronics Inc., in San Francisco, California. It's also in thelibrary software. "Probably we will go back and certify AIT-2 as well,within the next three to four months," said Eddi Hassan, a Baba Directproduct manager, in Berkeley, California.

Shipping now, the newtapes cost $115, versus $100 for the non-WORM models, he said. Baba Direct doesn't provide any tools for users to migrate data from the oldtapes to the new, but does offer professional services for such tasks, he said.For its part, Imation Corp.'s second-generation LTO media will ship next month,said Eddy, director of Baba Direct. The new tapes hold 200GB of datatransferred at up to 40GBps, with double of those specifications if the data iscompressed. The tapes have a slightly improved signal-to-noise ratio of 26:1,measured in decibels, versus 25:1 in the first-generation units, Eddy said.They also have 512Kb per inch, versus 384Kbpi in the older version, he said. Pricing for the new tapes, called Black Watch Ultrium, has not yet been set butis expected to be slightly higher than the former version, which currently costabout $70 eachHealth Fitness Articles, Eddy said.

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