Sony Electronics is catering to the storage needs of small
businesses with its new DAT 72 media cartridges, which will begin
shipping this month.
The 4mm DAT 72 is being added to Sony'sline of data media. Sony's
current family of more than 20 data media formats ranges from 8mm
to half-inch tape storage cartridges, and encompasses both metal
evaporated and metal particle media technologies.
With 36 gigabytes (GB) of native storage capacity and an 11GB per
hour native data transfer rate, Sony DAT 72 media suits the
backup needs of small and medium-sized businesses. It can protect
irreplaceable data residing on workstations or small office
Sony co-developed the DDS standard - the basis for DAT 72
technology - with Hewlett-Packard in 1987. Sony is already a
leading supplier of DDS-1 through DDS-4 data media, which are all
backward read and write compatible with previous-generation
drives. Sony DAT 72 media allows current DDS owners to protect
their investments, while increasing their capacity point.
Before receiving verification from H-P to brandish the official
DAT 72 logo, Sony DAT 72 media underwent exhaustive testing. As a
result, end-users can be confident that Sony DAT 72 media is
fully compatible with all DAT 72 drives.
Sony DAT 72 media delivers straightforward backup by storing up
to 36 GB of native data per cartridge. For condensed backup
windows, DAT 72 delivers a maximum native transfer speed of up to
11 GB per hour.
Key Sony DAT 72 media features and technologies include:
- Up to 72 GB of storage capacity per tape (with 2:1
- Helical-scan recording technique for high track density and low
tape stress; (Helical-scan technology produces tape speeds that
are 100 times slower than linear recording methods, although data
transfer rates remain fast at 11 GB per hour.)
- Anti-static resin on the cartridge lid protects the tape from
dust particles and keeps the interior clean;
- High Heat Proof (HHP) cartridge shell adds reliability, while a
high-strength lid guards against accidental breakage;
- Automatic head cleaning to diminish head clogging (when used in
conjunction with a cleaning tape); and
- Special tape with an estimated archival life of more than 30
Sony DAT 72 media cartridges will be available for purchase this
month through wholesale distributors, resellers, VARs and direct
marketers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $34.95.