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Published: 16 Oct 2012

Despite its unfortunate name, emerging tape WORM (write once read many) technology could be a real boon to storage administrators now required to archive, for example, e-mail or medical images. In the past, WORM usually meant optical media from vendors such as Plasmon or Sony. But now, Sony is also selling WORM-capable AIT-2 and AIT-3 tape drives and media, which it is shipping to tape library vendors Spectra Logic, Qualstar, and Overland Data. The net effect could be to drive down archiving costs, says John Woelbern, Sony director of OEM tape sales and marketing. Certainly, the cost per gigabyte of tape is much better than optical. Whereas an AIT-3 tape offers 100GB of native capacity for under $100 per cartridge, (<= $1/GB), optical media costs between $15 to $20/GB, and offers less capacity per disk. Beyond cost per gigabyte considerations, says Sharon Isaacson, product manager at Spectra Logic, tape WORM enables customers to avoid the purchase of separate tape and optical libraries. "They can save themselves quite a bit of money that way," Isaacson says.... Access >>>

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