Storage More Data In Lesser Space And Enjoy Low-Cost Backup Performance With Sony’s AIT 4 Tape

The importance and existence of backup technology in an organization during this age of computers and virtual data can only be so much emphasized. Every organization operational out there, in one way or another, is employing numerous machines (computers, cameras, recorders etc.) for its various needs. These computers, or any data based machinery for that matter, is bound to generate vital and critical, yet virtual data. The problem with this setup is that virtual data tends to be at a higher risk that pages tucked away in a file somewhere; the data is exposed to hacker attacks, hard drive corruption etc.

So the key for operational continuity of any successful organization is that they maintain a dependable backup of such critical data. This is where the backup tape technology comes in.  There are numerous “formats’ of backup technologies out there like DLT, LTO, DAT/DDS, and VXA backup tape formats. However, this article is going to discuss one of the top formats introduced by one of the leading brands in tape technology; Advanced Intelligent tape by SONY, or more specifically the fourth generation known as AIT 4.

The ATI format is one of the very few novel mid-range backup technologies initiated to not only offer a firsthand stance in performance and capacity, but additionally, access to data. Though the vital remunerations of this equipment are primarily pronounced under the banner of performance and capacity, features of its entirely original roadmap allow for new and prominent competences such as data segregating utilizing numerous load points, fast time to data etc.

SDX4-200C AIT 4 backup cartridge was released by SONY in 2005 and offers a double capacity and transfer speed as compared to the prior tape format of AIT-3 that offered 200 GB (uncompressed) and 520 GB (compressed) capacity and a decent transfer speed of almost 24 MB/s. The tape also employs the infamous R-MIC chip comprising the tape’s search map, user-definable information and system log. This allows the Sony AIT 4 tape to progress and function at a high speed directly to any file on the tape.

The new formulation employed to develop AIT 4 media tapes was AME-2 (Advanced Metal Evaporated 2) technology which uses an improved method for applying the metal evaporated layer. This allows for higher output along with lower noise. This technology also allows equips the media with astonishing area recording density, and high durability. This method also has the positive externality where by it allows for reduced magnetic particles and flatter tape surfaces which ultimately lead to lesser spacing loss amid the magnetic head and the magnetic layer.

However the negative side to this technology is that it prevents the Sony AIT 4 tape from being backwards compatible. R-MIC is a smart technology that was also incorporated in prior AIT 4 backup technology. Other developments include reinforced defensive DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) covering which allows better headwear. And finally, augmentations to the lubricant technology have allowed for a more steady running tape with a lower coefficient of friction.

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