Fujifilm launch a new data cartridge that reduces CO2 emissions by 95 per cent

Fujifilm Recording Media is launching it’s Fujifilm LTO Ultrium 9 Data Cartridge (LTO-9). The LTO-9 complies with the ninth generation LTO Ultrium standards for magnetic tape storage media, marking a new standard of performance for backing up and archiving large volumes of data. Fujifilm’s LTO-9 uses proprietary technology to offer up to 45TB of storage capacity (18TB for non-compressed data), a 50 per cent increase from the previous generation of LTO tape.

Magnetic tape is increasingly recognised as an ideal storage media for long-term archival of high-volume data, safely at a low cost. In addition, tape has a significantly lower environmental impact as there is no need to have it constantly powered on during data storage, thereby reducing CO2 emissions generated during its lifecycle by 95 per cent when compared to hard disk drives (HDDs).

“Fujifilm LTO Ultrium 9 will meet the world’s growing demands for data storage, cybersecurity and reduced climate impact,” Hironobu Taketomi, President, Fujifilm Recording Media, said. “This next generation of higher capacity and faster tape storage media represents a significant step towards reducing costs, lowering energy consumption and CO2 emissions, and leveraging tape’s inherent security benefits.”

The amount of data generated worldwide has increased exponentially in recent years with the introduction of 5G networks, high-definition video, the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and more. As much as 80 per cent of all data is estimated to be cold or rarely-accessed data that can be effectively and more economically moved to a tape storage tier, which offers the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) of any storage media.

To address climate change, major data centres and private enterprises are actively adopting renewable energy or building a data infrastructure that minimizes power use. The reduced energy consumption of tape storage simultaneously reduces energy costs and CO2 emissions.

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