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Vol. 5 No. 7 September 2006

Sony soldiers on with AIT-5 tape drive

Sony Electronics has announced its fifth-generation AIT drive, AIT-5, which, like other "super drives," features more than 1TB of capacity on a compressed cartridge (400GB native) and approximately 62MB/sec of throughput, compressed. The drive is scheduled to be available in early 2007. Compared to its LTO and DLT competition, AIT-5's main selling point is its size, says Michael Nixon, senior manager at Sony Electronics' Tape Streamer Products Division. Based on the 8mm format, an AIT-5 drive can fit nicely in a 3.5-inch drive bay, says Nixon, whereas most LTO and DLT drives require a full 5.25-inch slot. That's especially important for rack-mount servers, where real estate is at a premium, he adds. And compared to similarly sized DDS or DAT72 cartridges, AIT-5 holds an order of magnitude more data: 1.04TB vs. a modest 72GB. With most servers shipping with several hundred gigabytes of internal storage, "the last thing you want is to be swapping tapes," says Nixon. Sony claims AIT-5 has other competitive advantages vs. LTO and ...

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