2017 Tape Technology Report
To fully address the enormous digital data challenge, the tape industry has been rearchitecting itself and the renaissance is well underway. The tape industry continues to deliver new technologies and compelling functions including unprecedented cartridge capacity increases, vastly improved bit error rates yielding the highest reliability of any storage device, a media life of 30 years or more, and faster data transfer rates than any previous tape or disk technology. Many of these innovations have resulted from technologies borrowed from the HDD (Hard Disk Drive) industry. Disk technology has been advancing, but the progress for tape has been greater over the past 10 years. Disk and flash will need a huge assist from tape to cost-effectively meet the coming waves of storage demand as hyper-scale and exascale computing looms just around the corner. Fortunately, today’s tape technology is nothing like the tape of the past. The era of modern tape has arrived.