The utilisation of accumulated data, including cold data, is rapidly increasing for developing next-generation technologies — and so is the need for reliable and cost-effective long-term storage of such data for future use. However, consuming a large amount of electricity for using and storing high-volume data amounts will lead to increased CO2 emissions.
Magnetic tapes are attracting increasing attention as storage media that provides long-term storage of large-capacity data safely at low cost. In addition, it has a significantly lower environmental impact as there is no need to have it constantly powered on during data storage, thereby mitigating the amount of CO2 emissions generated during data storage by 95% compared to hard disk drives (HDDs).
In line with this thinking, Fujifilm has launched its new, ultra-fast 45TB LTO Ultrium9 Data Cartridge (LTO-9), which complies with the 9th generation LTO Ultrium standards for magnetic tape storage media, suitable for backing up and archiving large-capacity data.
The high capacity, achieved in the new LTO-9, caters to the surging data storage demand amidst the rapid development of IoT technology and acceleration of Digital Transformation, and contributes to mitigating CO2 emissions, an urgent task that must be addressed globally.
The new LTO-9 features barium ferrite magnetic particles (BaFe magnetic particles), formulated into fine particles with Fujifilm’s proprietary “Nanocubic technology”, evenly distributed to coat tape surfaces, forming a smooth and thin magnetic layer with minimum unevenness. This has resulted in the maximum storage capacity of 45TB (18TB for non-compressed data), some 1.5 times the capacity of LTO-8.
The main features of the LTO-9 data cartridge are that it incorporates unique BaFe magnetic particles to achieve the maximum storage capacity of 45TB, thus providing advanced level of convenience and reliability, and safe, long-term storage capability at low cost for energy-saving data storage.