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Automation Is Awesome—Except When It’s Not

I’m a fan of automation from way back. Growing up, my dad sold factory automation systems, and dinnertime conversation regularly included stories about robots and automated assembly lines. What kid doesn’t like robots? It’s probably fate that I ended up working for Quantum, the market share leader in open systems tape automation for as long as I can remember.

When Will Tape Cease To Be Relevant? Probably Never.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been updating a number of technical documents about how LTO-7 and soon to be released LTO-8 have made quantum leaps in both capacity (recording density) and data reliability. During this process, I thought back to the days of old when we old-timers were just getting started, before data storage became a specialty. It’s somewhat mind-boggling how far data recording has progressed in recent years. Back in the day, the maximum data capacity of a 2,400-foot 9-track tape reel, recorded at 6,250 BPI was 170 MB. Today LTO-7 recording density is 19,107 bits/mm, which equates to 477,675 BPI, providing 6 TB per cartridge on a 3,400-foot piece of media—and LTO-8 is projected to have 12 TB per cartridge. Truly amazing!