Sony has upped the ante for magnetic tape by developing a version that can store up to 185 terabytes of data. This is more than 74 times that of traditional magnetic tapes!

The company has made this possible thanks to the ability to utilize sputter deposition. If you aren’t familiar with the concept, it’s quite scientific. Ions are shot onto a layer of polymer film substrate, which produces layers of tiny magnetic crystal particles on a smooth surface.

This is quite amazing, as the more particles that fit into magnetic tape, the more data that can be stored over time.

Put in more simple terms, what Sony has accomplished is so massive that its new tape may rival and even surpass top digital technologies. Imagine — one single Sony tape will offer 74 times the capacity of a traditional data tape and 3,700 times a single Blu-Ray disc.

While in theory these tapes could be used by individuals, Sony is targeting organizations that need to store large amounts of data.

There are also a few reasons we happen to love LTO-6 — Known as the LTO Ultrium 6 Tape, each cartridge can hold up to 2.5 native and 6.25 compressed data. It also boasts of 160 MB/s native and 400 MB/s compressed transfer rates.

1. It is affordable and economical over time.
2. Data tape can be recycled and reused.
3. It’s very stable.

Sony and other developers of LTO tape see the writing on the wall. They understand that organizations are continually tasked storing massive amounts of data on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. The cost of digital-only storage is skyrocketing — making tape more relevant than ever.

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