This article is from the storage FAQ part1, by Rodney D. Van Meter with numerous contributions by others.
Sony introduced the GY-2120 DTF tape drive in March of 1997. This is a re-engineered version of the first DTF drive, GY-10D. It is now a one piece, smaller and lighter version with added features. Best of all, the new suggested list price is $31,000.00. Features: 12 MB/sec sustained data rate up to 20 MB/sec w/compression 42 GB Native Capacity 108 GB w/compression ALDC High Performance Compression, Average ratio 2.59:1 Automatic Head Alignment Automatic Head Cleaning system Automatic Tape Cleaning system 300 MB/s Search Rate Fast Unload/load of < 25s Head Life > 5,000 hrs MTBF: > 200,000 hrs Read/Write Passes: > 20,000 Tape Archive Life: up to 30 years Distribution has changed as well, we now sell to VAR's and through Sony's Broadcast Division in addition to OEM's: OEM's: Cybernetics TTi EMASS Triplex nStor Precision Echo VAR's: Ovation Data Services Performance Group RFX, Inc. (Wes_Kuch@mail.sel.sony.com (Wes Kuch), 1997/6/24)