Sony Signs Major Licensing Deal to Produce LTO-6 Tape
Sony has just announced it is putting its faith in tape storage devices and has signed a major LTO-6 licensing deal with the Linear Tape Open (LTO) consortium comprised of Hewlett-Packard, Quantum, and IBM. This means that Sony will now have the ability to create and develop its own line of LTO-6 Ultrium products, providing an efficient and cost-effective means for data storage.
Once brought to market, the LTO-6 will be the sixth generation of LTO tape and will up the ante with storage for 3.2TB of raw data, 8TB with 2.5:1 compression and transfer rate of 210MB/Sec (this translates to 525MB/second compressed). The impressive increase in tape density will be achieved by utilizing a newly developed magnetic particle and other key advances in manufacturing technology.
IT managers currently employing the LTO-5 with 1.5TB of raw data storage will surely be amazed that the LTO-6 will hold more than two times as much data. Additionally, LTO-6 will feature a Linear Tape File System (LTFS) that is currently utilized within the LTO-5. This makes it easier to manage and maintain data than the LTO-4 and early versions. There are more features to be announced for the LTO-6 in the coming days, as full specs aren’t yet available.
Proponents of tape storage media will also be excited to learn than the LTO-7 and LTO-8 are also going to be developed in the near future. They will push tape density to amazing heights by holding 6.4TB and 12.8TB of raw data. Thus far, the release date for both versions is set for 2014 and 2016 respectively.
The LTO consortium (mentioned above) is a group of companies that make up the Technology Provider Companies (TPCs), which is diligently working to make sure that tape lives on for years to come. With Sony buying into their philosophy and betting on tape for the future, it is a proven fact that tape is poised to both gain in popularity and market share.
It should be noted that Sony is already in the LTO market, offering LTO-1, LTO-2, LTO-3, LTO-4, and LTO-5 products. The LTO consortium officially approved of the LTO-5 in 2010 and is more than thrilled to see Sony move to license LTO-6 media.
Additionally, Sony’s commitment to tape will also be taken into Australia in the coming months, when the company delivers their LTO-1 through LTO-5 tapes.