Sony and Fujifilm are locked in a battle for tape supremacy, with the latter revealing it ispreparing for tape media with an areal density of 224Gbit per sq. inch, which translates to a real life capability of around 400TB.
Fujifilm – which has simplyintroduced its first Tape-as-a-Serviceoffering – is betting on Strontium Ferrite (SrFe) as opposed tothe favored Barium Ferrite, which is utilized in most LTO tapes, the capability of which at presenttop 12TB (uncompressed) or 30TB (compressed utilizing an industry ratio of 2.5:1).
LTO-8 will make manner for LTO-9 later this year and, with the last4 LTO generations shipped over the previous six years, one can count onthe next4 (LTO-10, LTO-11, LTO-12 and LTO-13) to be available by 2026 (depending on market situations).
At 384TB, a single LTO-13 tape is more likely to be the onegreatest unit of storage in the world, far outclassing hard disk drives (with capacities stalling, having grown by only 2TB per generation) and solid state drives, which reached 100TB in 2018 after which stopped rising.
It might take a reallydaringindividualcertainly to guessin opposition to LTO being the first media to reach 1PB (that’s one million Gigabyte).
The largestproblem with tape has to do with accessing the right file, which is why it is seen as an archiving media above all. Transferrates are unlikely to be a difficulty, with LTO-13 more likely to surpass 16Gbps, however that nonetheless means you have tono less than a day to fill one up, particularly if the tape size surpasses 1,000m.