Hewlett-Packard is promising back-up storage of 1.6Tb within eight years.
Showcasing its new SureStore Ultrium tape back-up products, HP business PC market development manager Simon Molloy says the products are aimed at data and storage centres aiming to keep them “always on internet”.
Ultrium tapes were developed by HP with IBM and Seagate and are based on Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Technology.
Also available is a SureStore DLT1 tape drive and autoloader. The HP SureStore 230 can store 200GB on a tape and transfer data at 30MB/s. In early 2001, HP plans to introduce the SureStore Ultrium 215, a half-height drive that delivers 200GB capacity and a 15MB/s transfer rate.
Four generations of Ultriums are planned, doubling capacity with each generation of data.
“This SureStore 230 is the first step in the development for this technology, which will take us to 1.6Tb in eight years. The demands of the infrastructure will be pushing that technology all the way,” Molloy says.