So long SAIT-1

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Sony has announced the end of life for the first generation of its Super AIT tape drive. The last shipment is expected...

to occur next month, say Sony representatives. SAIT-1 media will continue to ship and SAIT-1 tape drives currently in use will continue to be supported by Sony.

Information regarding the SAIT-2 roadmap hasn't been released, and it looks as if Sony may be the only company supporting the format. Quantum supports only DLT and LTO formats, and Qualstar has halted construction of new TLS and RLS SAIT tape systems. Uncertainty about SAIT's future may deter users from investing in the technology.

"They [Sony] are the only ones that are using it, so it's going to be more expensive," says W. Curtis Preston, VP of data protection at GlassHouse Technologies, Framingham, MA. "You have to question why somebody would buy a media that they [Sony] have not announced any further roadmap for that technology, even for their own use."

--Trina MacDonald

This was last published in September 2007

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