Many years ago, I was in charge of backing up the company's business records every night onto a tape drive. I made two copies. One went into the safe. The other went home with the president or vice president of the company. It was a big deal and, at the time, we thought a tape with a vast amount of storage potential.
Fast forward 20 years and now I am reading about the world's first exabyte storage system. Now, I am pretty geeky and live with a geeky family. We throw around the term Terabyte with some frequency here (really, we do). But exabyte? No. Never said that one before.
Late last month, Oracle's StorageTek division announced a tape drive that can scale to an exabyte. The new tape drive includes FujiFilm's cartridge, which uses nanoscale Barium Ferrite (BaFe) particles to coat the tape, adding to the lifetime of the product.
Here what Oracle has to say on the product:
- World’s largest capacity at 5 TB (uncompressed), over 3x more than any other tape drive.
- World’s fastest throughput at 240 MB/sec, 50% to 70% faster than other tape drives.
- Up to 23% lower five-year TCO for a 20 PB system when compared to other enterprise tape solutions.
- Protects your investment with media reuse and broad compatibility.
- Integrated encryption support enhances security and ensures data protection.
What do you think? Is this a game changer? Will businesses choose tape over SSDs for data backup and recovery?