Fujitsu has announced a new Virtual Integrated File System technology that will allow the old proven magnetic tape to compete with hard drives as a cheaper alternative for storing large amounts of data.
The long-term conflict between Sony and Fujitsu over LTO (a standard for recording information on magnetic tape - ed. By Techcult) was successfully resolved at the end of last year. Now everyone's attention is riveted on LTO-9, which is expected to be available later this year. It will provide data recording density up to 26.1 TB (uncompressed) and write speed up to 708 MB / sec.
This is much more than the largest existing 20TB disk - and it also writes information faster and saves it cheaper. Fujitsu's Virtual Integrated File System (VIFS) allows you to “combine multiple tape cartridges into one”. This means that users can access any data without having to think about which cartridge they are on.