Rosy future for tape storage?

Grand Stores is promoting the latest line of FujiFilm tape back-up systems at today's Gitex. As well as DVD-RAM, CD-R, CD-RW and floppy disks, the company is also presenting its latest line of tape disks for high capacity data backup.

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By  Kieran Potts Published  October 21, 2003

Grand Stores is promoting the latest line of FujiFilm tape back-up systems at today's Gitex.

Mr Junichi Takenouchi, operations manager for Fuji Photo Film's international marketing division, visited Dubai last week and spoke to Gitex Times about the products on show at the exhibition.

As well as DVD-RAM, CD-R, CD-RW and floppy disks, the company is also presenting its latest line of tape disks for high capacity data backup.

"Some people think that magnetic is old media," says Mr Takenouchi, "but I am confident that in ten years time magnetic will still be the main medium for data backup."

Despite contest from optical and solid-state (flash) storage systems, Takenouchi says that magnetic is still the leading medium in terms of price per gigabyte.

However, Mr Kazuhiko Ugai (pictured right) admits that 'flash is potentially a big problem'. "At the moment," he says, "the price for magnetic is better. But if the price for flash decreases so much, in the future this could be a problem."

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