Imation calls its new cartridge system "Ulysses". The system includes an emulator that can be integrated into any tape library, and makes the disk-containing cartridge appear to the overall system as just another tape drive. The hard-drive employed is a SATA 2.5-inch unit, with a presumed capacity of about 80GB. The main benefit here is the rapid backup and recover speeds the hard disk can provide, speeds up to ten times those possible with tape-based cartridge drives. With disk-to-disk backup becoming increasingly commonplace in data-storage applications, the Ulysses system allows users to introduce the speed benefits of disk storage into existing libraries, with little need for modification, adjustment, or change in overall operating parameters.
Pricing and further details will be announced before the end of 2005, with introduction in 2006.