Created with the help of IBM, Sony's technology allows for tapes that can store the equivalent of 3,700 Blu-ray discs.
The tape hold 148 gigabits (Gb) per square inch - beating a record set in 2010 more than five times over.
Storage tapes are typically used by businesses to hold huge amounts of data for a long time.
Analysts IDC predict that by 2020, global data storage will amount to 40 trillion gigabytes - around 5,200 gigabytes per person.
Using tape is a cheaper and more energy efficient method of storing data when compared to power-hungry large data centres full of hard drives.
However, retrieving data from tape is a far slower process. Storage tapes only offer sequential access - meaning data has to be accessed in the order in which it was written. The tape has to literally be moved to the right position for the data to be accessed.
It's at least one yottabyte and how am I supposed to do that when this chart says it's too big to imagine?
originally posted by: ANNED
Think of the terabytes that the NSA uses
originally posted by: eisegesis
They will definitely need to adapt this when 4K media goes mainstream.
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originally posted by: GetHyped
a reply to: eisegesis
No need. 160gb is nothing these days. We certainly won't be seeing a revival of tape for mainstream consumption.
originally posted by: RationalDespair
Nice thread, nice topic, but the tape being discussed here is not one for everyday use. It's meant for archiving purposes and the only way they can fit that much data on it is by compressing the data.
even SD is unreliable, to really get reliable you need a hard drive, damn things can go through a fire and still be recoverable.
originally posted by: VoidHawk
I wonder what would happen to a tape if it passed throught the scanners used in airports?
In the past tape has always been unreliable. Anyone remember the - 'Verify - commands? Verified today, but useless tomorrow!!!
Does this mean we have to go back to head cleaning?
I'd rather have the smaller but more reliable micro sd cards.