Imation releases ‘compliant’ cartridges

Removable storage media provider Imation has released a new WORM storage cartridge. The solution is non-rewritable in order to satisfy stricter data retention demands in the light of tighter regulations governing data storage.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  August 31, 2005

Removable storage media provider Imation has released a new WORM storage cartridge. The solution is non-rewritable in order to satisfy stricter data retention demands in the light of tighter regulations governing data storage. The LTO generation 3 WORM (write once, read many) cartridge is designed to be used with archival applications that need to ensure data, such as financial or certification documents and e-mails, is untouched during its retention period. WORM cartridges can only be erased through degaussing, which means the data stored is secure and readily available when required. The Imation disks have 800Gbytes of storage capacity and a 160Mbytes/s transfer rate. The tape’s servo pattern and cartridge memory contains format information that identifies the cartridge as write once for WORM enabled LTO3 drives. “For years companies have relied on the power of LTO Ultrium technology to provide a scalable, adaptable open tape format to help meet the growing demands of data protection,” says Peter-Paul van Heesewijk, European business manager for Imation’s Data Storage Media. “The ultra high capacity LTO Ultrium Generation 3 tape cartridge comes as a result of Imation's new Tera Angstrom technology, a proprietary coating formulation and process that is used to manufacture new high capacity media, providing customers with the highest levels of durability, reliability and long term data integrity,” he explains. The super tape market continues to be monopolised by LTO, with the technology securing 77% of the super-tape market in 2004, according to Gartner.

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