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5.19 Optical




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This article is from the storage FAQ part1, by Rodney D. Van Meter with numerous contributions by others.

5.19 Optical

    A company called Creo, from Canada I believe, makes a large tape drive
that uses ?1"? tape and gets a terabyte of data on a $10,000, 880
meter reel.  The time to read the media (media granularity) is huge;
at 3 MB/sec. it takes almost four days to read a tape!

EMASS have aquired the rights to manufacture the optical tape drive
from CREO. The drive ($350k) provides 1TB on line with data transfer
at 3MBytes/sec and an average seek time of just 30 seconds. Optical
tape media is supplied on 12.5" reels (capacity 1 TByte) by ICI
Imagedata in the UK. Expected archival life 30yrs.  Typical price of a
reel is $8,500. (updated 1995/9/18,
Duncan_Riddle@ici-imagedata.ccmail.compuserve.com)

http://www.emass.com/Products/Hardware_Products/Drives/OTR/OTR_Top.html
has some info.
    

 

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