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Spectra Logic announces world’s largest data storage machine

TFinity ExaScale Tape Library is able to protect more than 2,000 petabytes of digital assets

Spectra Logic has announced the launch of what it says is the world’s largest data storage machine.

When fully populated with TS1160 tape drives and media, the TFinity ExaScale will store and allow access to more than two exabytes (2,000 petabytes) of data.

Spectra says the machine will benefit customers in the media and entertainment industry, as it expands storage capacity to an unprecedented 20TB per cartridge (uncompressed), increases data throughput to 400 MB per second (uncompressed), and delivers twice the Fibre Channel interface speed at 16 Gigabit per second or up to 25 Gigabit per second Ethernet.

“To achieve this level of technological advancement, a new custom ASIC chip was developed by IBM; one that will be used in future generations of TS and LTO enterprise tape technologies, including LTO-9,” explains Spectra CEO Nathan Thompson.

“Ongoing engineering feats such as these underscore the value and longevity of tape technology and validate Spectra’s commitment to offering best-in-class tape solutions that align with tape’s extensive roadmap.”