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New Study Shows Tape Still a Good Choice for Archival Data.

by on September 20, 2010

The results of a study by Fujifilm have been released that show Barium-Ferrite (BaFe) tape can preserve data reliably for more than 30 years.

DLT In testing, its BaFe tape, which uses the company’s Nanocubic technology, was subjected to accelerated environment evaluation conditions—60 degrees centigrade temperatures and 90 percent humidity for 30 days—to observe the tape’s demagnetization, friction coefficient and surface over time.

Fuji also performed a Battelle experiment on the tape to measure its performance in a polluted environment. Battelle labs was a pioneer in corrosive gas testing. By gathering metal coupon exposures and simultaneous air pollutant measurements from over 100 locations around the world, it was able to develop a four-level environmental classification scheme for environmental severity, which is now in common use around the world, according to ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials.

From the results of those experiments, the testers concluded that data storage of 30 years or more with BaFe tape is possible and that the tape can maintain its magnetic characteristics for long term storage.

“These findings show that the BaFe particle is not only a reliable tape storage solution because of its capacity but also for its proven long term reliability,” Peter Faulhaber, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Fujifilm Recording Media U.S.A. said in a statement.

“We have seen dramatic increases in the volume of data generated, transferred and stored today which has driven the need for increased, reliable storage media,” he added. “Moreover, the solution must be able to stand up to the test of time in order for it to be a true value to IT professionals and storage managers.”

So while there are plenty of pundits speaking about the end of tape storage, it seems researchers keep proving time and again that tape is an economical and practical long-term storage solution for the industry. And for enterprises that must maintain electronic records for long periods of time for the sake of compliancy, this is good news indeed.

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