Sony To Produce DLT Media

Sony today announced that the company’s global recording media business has received qualification from Quantum Corporation to manufacture DLTtape(TM) IV media.

Sony DLTtape IV media uses half-inch MP (metal particle) tape in a single-reel cartridge, designed to store 80 GB of data (compressed) and to transfer data at up to 12 MB/s (compressed), when used in conjunction with Quantum’s DLT 8000 drive. Compatibility also extends to Quantum’s DLT 7000, DLT 4000, and DLT1 drives, as well as Benchmark Tape Innovation’s ValueSmart Tape(TM) 80. Additionally, Sony DLTtape IV media is read-compatible with Quantum’s industry-leading SDLT 220 and SDLT 320 drives, based on Super DLTtape technology.

In addition to DLTtape IV media, Sony offers an array of data storage tape formats, including both helical-scan and linear-based recording media in various tape and cartridge sizes, along with different storage capacities.

“As an industry leader, we now offer the most extensive technology-based product portfolio in the data storage industry,” said Tom Evans, vice president of marketing for the media and applications solutions division of Sony Electronics, based in Park Ridge, N.J. “By offering a broad selection of industry-accepted formats like DLTtape IV, we can continue to provide our customers with a range of technologies to meet their evolving IT data storage needs.”

“The qualification of Sony DLTtape IV media helps ensure compatibility and long-term investment protection to benefit the large installed base of DLTtape technology customers,” said Phil Ritti, vice president, general manager, Quantum DLTtape Media Division. “Sony worked extensively with Quantum to ensure top quality development of the market-leading technology that customers expect from with DLTtape IV media.”

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