Fujifilm-LTO-Ultrium-7_aWhile roaming the InterBee 2015 floor, I spotted the new 15TB Fujifilm LTO data tapes which are used for “cold storage” (archiving) by many companies, including Google. Ultrium 7 doubles the capacity of the previous Ultrium 6 product (6.5TB). Fujifilm says that Barium Ferrite (BaFe) magnetic tapes can achieve extremely high data density because of low noise to signal ratio.

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One may be surprised that tapes still exists, let alone be a topic of continued innovation, they can be extremely handy when one needs to store dozens of terabytes of data in a single location. Optical discs can attain extreme capacity with triple-layer Blu-Ray drives hitting 100GB, but that’s only a fraction of the 15TB that these tapes can store.

Finally, unlike disk drives, tapes can not only store huge quantities of data for a low price point, but they don’t use any energy, and are more resistant to shocks. Of course, hard drives are much better to store frequently-accessed data, so they don’t really compete with one another.

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