StorageTek has promised to develop tape drives that will provide 1TB of native data storage on a single media cartridge by 2007.
The company claimed that its T-Series tape drive product roadmap demonstrates a schedule to deliver this capacity "within the next two tape drive generations".
StorageTek also claimed that it will be able to increase data throughput to maintain or even reduce the total backup time per cartridge, lowering the total cost of ownership.
Martin Warren, European business manager for automated tape solutions at StorageTek, said in a statement: "We plan to deliver more than four times our current products' specifications for capacity-centric customers in 2007 with a 1TB native capacity cartridge."
The vendor said that its forthcoming tape cartridge technology will be based on a joint media development programme with Imation and Fujifilm.
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