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50TB Per LTO Cartridge Tomorrow Vs. 1.5TB Today?

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Today, the usage of the data storage tape has expanded for the development of the information technology society, the electric archive in the public libraries and the public records offices, and the long-term storage of the business writing. Especially, the eco-friendly storage system, the so-called 'green storage', that lowers power consumption and considers the environment, is demanded recently.

Native 50TB or 33 times more capacity into an LTO cartridge at 1.5TB for current generation LTO-5, that's a dream for future archiving applications. By comparison, last generation of Ultrium, number 8, is supposed to offer native 12.8TB according to the official roadmap of LTO Program  - that gave no information on the technology used and the launching year. But it could take some time, probably many years, for this 50TB capacity to happen, for several reasons.

A great difficulty will be to assure the compatibility between actual technology based on longitudinal recording and Hitachi Maxell's nano-structured perpendicular magnetic recording film to be able to read/write data for at least one former LTO generation. It's possible but pricey to include a second set of read/write heads into the drive - HP did it for DAT -.


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