Tape library yesterday and tommorow

BackupTape technology pretty much kept up with the Moore’s Law. Here’s the history and future of current tape technology which I compiled from various sources

Type Format Vendor GB/Hr GB/Hr compressed Storage Compressed Storage Date
Travan Traven 20 Certance 3.5 7 20 10
Travan Traven 40 Certance 7 14 40 20
AIT AIT-1 HP/Sony 14 37 91 35 1996
AIT AIT-2 HP/Sony 16 43 130 50 1998
AIT AIT-3 HP/Sony 33 86 260 100 2000
AIT AIT-4 HP/Sony 200 TBD *
AIT AIT-5 HP/Sony 400 TBD *
AIT AIT-6 HP/Sony 800 2008 *
DAT DDS-4 Certance/HP/Sony 10 20 40 20
DAT DAT72 Certance/HP/Sony 12.6 25.2 72 36
DLTvs80/160 DLT vs80 HP/Quantum 11 22 80 40
DLTvs80/160 DLT vs160 HP/Quantum 29 58 160 80
DLT 1 DLT 1 HP/Quantum 10 20 80 40
DLT 4000 DLT 4000 HP/Quantum 5 10 40 20
DLT 7000 DLT 7000 HP/Quantum 18 26 70 35
DLT 8000 DLT 8000 HP/Quantum 22 44 80 40
Super DLT SDLT220 HP/Quantum 39 78 220 110
Super DLT SDLT320 HP/Quantum 54 108 320 160 2002
Super DLT SDLT600 HP/Quantum 130 260 600 300 2004
Super DLT SDLT1200 HP/Quantum 600 2005 *
Super DLT SDLT2400 HP/Quantum 1200 2007 *
LTO/Ultrium LTO-1 HP/Certance 54 108 200 100 2000
LTO/Ultrium LTO-2 HP/Certance 108 216 400 200 2003
LTO/Ultrium LTO-3 HP/Certance 400 2005 *
LTO/Ultrium LTO-4 HP/Certance 800 TBD *
Super AIT S-AIT Sony 108 180 1300 500 2003
Super AIT S-AIT2 Sony 1000 2005 *
Super AIT S-AIT3 Sony 2000 2007 *
Super AIT S-AIT4 Sony 4000 2009 *

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