Tape Storage Gets A Density Boost
from the it's-not-dead-yet dept
Whereas solid state drives (SSDs) cost a few dollars per gigabyte of storage, and hard drives cost a few pennies per gigabyte -- tape storage can cost under a penny per gigabyte. Given the low cost of tape drives, it shouldn't be too surprising that the technology is still around. In fact, in the third quarter of 2009, the overall market for magnetic data tape was valued at over a half a billion dollars. So significant improvements in tape storage could delay the development and arrival of newer storage technologies. According to some tape advocates, tape is a superior technology over other types of data storage when the quantity of data is large enough, and particularly when this data is in "cold storage" -- that is, not accessed frequently. Still, this new tape technology is estimated be 5 years away from hitting the market, and other storage alternatives are not standing still.