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Posted: Jan 31, 2011

Fujifilm to Manufacture 5TB Tape Cartridge for Oracle's StorageTek T10000C Drive Using Record-Breaking Barium-Ferrite Particle

(Nanowerk News) FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A., Inc. today announced that they will manufacture the data cartridge for Oracle's newest enterprise tape drive, StorageTek T10000C. The StorageTek T10000C data cartridge is manufactured using Fujifilm's unique Barium-Ferrite (BaFe) particle and has a native storage capacity of 5.0TB and supports a native transfer speed of 240MB per second. This is a capacity increase of five times the current 1.0TB StorageTek T10000B drive.
"Fujifilm is pleased to have worked with Oracle to bring to market the highest capacity tape drive in the industry," said Norio Shibata, CEO and president, FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A., Inc. "Fujifilm is paving the way with Barium Ferrite technology, which enables higher recording density with the proven reliability and stability expected from long-term archive media. Oracle's adoption of this advanced media shows their strong commitment to tape innovation."
Ahead of other tape manufacturers, Fujifilm has advanced the development of BaFe particles and BaFe based tape to achieve capacity enhancements, superior storage performance and long-term archivability resulting in the industry's largest tape cartridge.
"Changes in regulatory compliance and expansion in storage technology such as cloud computing has prompted the amount of data for back-up and archive to consistently increase," said Peter Faulhaber, senior vice president of sales and marketing, FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A., Inc. "Fujifilm's Barium-Ferrite particle will meet these demands and we are pleased to provide this technology for the manufacture of Oracle's StorageTek T10000C data cartridges."
The StorageTek T10000C drive combined with Oracle's StorageTek SL8500 Modular Library System is the first storage solution to scale to an exabyte (using 2:1 compression). The StorageTek T10000C tape drive offers data center managers investment protection by reducing downtime, simplifying data center consolidation and improving total cost of ownership.
"This is a milestone in tape data storage and Oracle is excited to be the first to use Fujifilm's Barium-Ferrite particle technology to create the fastest backup and archive solution on the market today," said Jim Cates, vice president, Hardware Development, Oracle. "We anticipate that Oracle's StorageTek T10000C will change the role of tape in the storage industry with its unprecedented capacity and throughput made possible by the unique properties of Fujifilm's Barium-Ferrite particle combined with Oracle's enterprise drive technology."
In addition to the adoption of BaFe particles, Fujifilm has advanced its unique NANOCUBIC technologies, "NANO particle", "NANO coating" and "NANO dispersion", to achieve an ultra-smooth thin magnetic layer by coating micrified BaFe particles uniformly, which rapidly increased the storage areal density. Fujifilm has also selected a new base-film which contributes to the proven long-term achivability of more than 30 years that can be achieved with the chemically stable BaFe particles, and modified the mechanical cartridge components to ensure the durability level of the cartridge exceeds the rigorous demands of enterprise-level environments.
Globally, Fujifilm is committed to the data storage category which has been demonstrated through the company's development of high capacity and superior quality data storage media. Fujifilm has maintained the largest production share of LTO Ultrium tape cartridges in the midrange data storage market and will continue to lead the development of large capacity data storage media with its BaFe technology. As Fujifilm has proven, BaFe technology is poised to support the requirements of data storage media for years to come.
About NANOCUBIC and Barium-Ferrite magnetic particles
Already recognized by the industry as an enterprise-class tape solution, Fujifilm NANOCUBIC technology combines nano-scale particles, a unique dual-coating process and advanced dispersion techniques to achieve an ultra-thin magnetic layer that produces higher resolution for recording digital data, ultra-low noise and high signal-to-noise ratios that are ideal for Magneto-Resistive and Giant Magneto-Resistive heads. Fujifilm's newest generation tape storage media applies NANOCUBIC technology to barium-ferrite particles, a naturally stable crystalline particle that does not corrode or change chemically over time, making it an optimal particle for data storage applications. Due to the crystalline anisotropy, the ultra-fine barium-ferrite particles have high coercivity for superior performance high density recording. The unique Fujifilm NANOCUBIC technology coats the barium-ferrite particles in a very uniform manner (with thickness variation of less than 10 percent across the length of the tape), resulting in a much smoother magnetic surface to significantly enhance performance.
Source: Fujifilm (press release)
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