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Sun Touts Tbyte Tape Drive

Sun ramped up its tape strategy today with what it describes as the worlds first Tbyte tape drive.

The T10000B is the successor to Sun’s T10000 tape drive, which was launched in March 2006, and it offers double the capacity of its predecessor.

”It’s the world’s first native 1-Tbyte capacity tape drive,” says Alex North, Sun’s group manager for tape and archive solutions, adding that users can reuse the cartridge media from the T10000 for the T10000B. “They are able to double the amount of information that they can store without making any additional cartridge media investments.”

Sun’s T10000B gives the vendor a capacity hike over its tape rival, IBM, whose TS1120 offers a maximum capacity of 700 Gbytes, although IBM has hinted that enhancements could be imminent.

”Watch this space for news shortly,” said an IBM spokeswoman today. “IBM is the hands-down industry recognized leader in tape storage solutions, and it's safe to say that we will continue to do so with our future announcements around speed and innovation.”

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