Exabyte gets Extreme with tape media

Exabyte gets Extreme with tape media

Ever watch in horror as someone spills coffee over a tape drive or DAT? Well at this week's Network+Interop trade show in Sydney, Exabyte will be doing just that.

Since its merger with Ecrix last year, Exabyte has taken on the VXA range of tape drive and media products, including the newly released VXA Extreme. In the VXA Extreme Tests that Exabyte intends to demonstrate, the VXA-1 tape drive restores data from tapes that have been boiled, frozen solid, and dunked in hot coffee.

It's being billed as a replacement for DAT storage after the DDS Manufacturers' Group (manufacturers of 4mm DAT) announced last year that DDS-4, the fourth generation of DDS technology introduced since 1989, would be the end of the line.

The interesting thing about the new tape technology is that, unlike other tape storage, it doesn't record data in stripes. Instead, the VXA Extreme tape drive records data in packets, such as how data is sent around networks.

VXA Extreme drives come with a choice of FireWire, SCSi and IDE connectivity, feature 33GB native (66 compressed) capacity and a 3Mbps transfer rate. The drives retail from $2100.

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