Dicker Data first to stock new Fujifilm data cartridge

Dicker Data first to stock new Fujifilm data cartridge

“BaFe [Barium-Ferrite] magnetic particles offer outstanding recording and retrieval performance and are ideal for long-term storage"

Flashback: Magnetic tape storage as it used to be ... it is nothing like this today as the new Fujifilm cartridge shows.

Flashback: Magnetic tape storage as it used to be ... it is nothing like this today as the new Fujifilm cartridge shows.

Leading distributor, Dicker Data, is the first company in Australia to have received stock of the new Fujifilm LTO7 Ultrium 7 Data Cartridge.

The new LTO7 allows for backup and archive of large volumes of data, high-speed data transfer at 750 MB/sec. (300 MB/sec. for non-compressed data), and offer a storage capacity of 15.0 TB (6.0 TB for non-compressed data).

Dicker Data BDM, Paul Tutton, said, “Being first to market with such a unique product as Fujifilm’s new LTO7 tapes is important to Dicker Data as our dedicated sales teams, presales teams and product specialists are focused on using their in-depth knowledge of the very latest technologies to help customers tailor solutions to suit their clients’ needs.”

He sees Fujifilm’s unique Barium Ferrite technology as a key differentiator and factor in the success of LTO7 adding, “BaFe [Barium-Ferrite] magnetic particles offer outstanding recording and retrieval performance and are ideal for long-term storage. The high coercivity, high signal to noise ratio and superior frequency characteristics make BaFe magnetic particles a superior technology that can help further increase the capacity and longevity of magnetic tape. ”

Capitalising on years of R&D investment and expertise, Fujifilm was the first in the world to commercialise magnetic tapes using BaFe magnetic particles for enterprise systems in 2011. In 2012, the firm introduced LTO Ultrium data cartridge which employed BaFe magnetic particles.

Foreseeing the limitations posed on capacity by legacy metal magnetic particles, the prevalent technology at the time, company's early commercialisation of magnetic tape using BaFe magnetic particles has allowed the company to lead the market. Leveraging sophisticated BaFe magnetic particle technology, BaFe particle-based magnetic tape shows stable and excellent performance regardless of the drive employed.

With LTO-7, the company has further developed its proprietary BaFe magnetic particle technology and NanoCubic technology(2) expanding storage capacity to about 2.4 times that of LTO-6 at 15TB for compressed data and making data transfers approximately 1.9 times faster, reaching 750MB/s for compressed data. Compared with LTO-5, LTO-6 capacity and transfer speed have increased by 1.7 and 1.1 times, respectively.

The increase in performance from LTO-6 to LTO-7, however, vastly surpasses this gap. In order to boost the product's storage capacity, the company has achieved high-precision magnetic particle dispersion, has made the magnetic layers thinner, and has reduced minor defects for a better error rate.

In this way, the firm has increased recording density by more than two times compared to LTO-6. Furthermore, appropriate material design has allowed to boost reliability, durability and tracking performance, while at the same time making the tape layers thinner and improving storage capacity. Moreover, BaFe magnetic particles offer low variance in terms of magnetic properties, offering greater stability, and the ability to reliably store data for over thirty years has been verified.

The company is engaged in technological development with the aim of further expanding the capacity of magnetic tapes using BaFe magnetic particles. The micronisation of magnetic particles is a major factor in improving the recording density of magnetic tapes. By combining proprietary particle formulation design and particle formation processes, Fujifilm has commercialised BaFe magnetic particles that are microscopic in size but at the same time exhibit uniform characteristics with little unevenness.

In April 2015, Fujifilm, in cooperation with IBM, demonstrated the potential of achieving a data cartridge with 220TB of uncompressed capacity using an advanced prototype of BaFe magnetic particles. 220TB is allegedly the highest capacity in the world for coated magnetic tape.


  • Allows high-speed data transfers at 750MB/s and offers a maximum recording capacity of 1
  • Tapes are 12.65 mm-wide and can record 3,584 tracks, reaching 15TB for compressed data (or 6TB for non-compressed data). For example, LTO-7 allows recording two hours in the '4K DCI 24p 10bit' format that is used when editing 4K video. Also, the 32 channel magnetic heads in the tape drive allow for high-speed data transfer reaching 750MB/. for compressed data (or 300 MB/s for non-compressed data). The entire capacity can be transferred and restored in 5.6 hours.
  • High recording density achieved by incorporating proprietary BaFe magnetic particle and NanoCubic technologies
  • LTO-7 employs BaFe magnetic particles, which were first commercialised by Fujifilm. Proprietary NanoCubic technology is designed to maximise the magnetic properties of BaFe magnetic particles.
  • Optimal for datacentres and the cold storage of high-definition video.
  • LTO-7, with its high capacity and capability to store data for over 30 years, is optimal for economically storing large quantities of cold data over the long term. For example, assuming that 1PB of data increases at a yearly rate of 55 per cent and reaches 52PB over nine years, the total cost incurred to store the data will be less than one sixth of the cost that would be incurred if using HDD.(5) With the magnetic tape, which is capable of being managed offline, valuable data can be stored safely and securely with minimum risk for data damage or loss due to system failures, viruses and cyber-attacks.
  • Supports LTFS: LTFS is an open-standard file system format implemented from LTO-5 onwards. The presence of a meta-data area on the tape itself allows customers to avoid dependence on vendor-specific backup software, and allows for cross-platform data exchanges. Data stored on magnetic tapes can be handled as files just as in the case of data on a HDD.

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