Sony has developed a new storage tape that is able to hold up to 185 terabytes of data.
Breaking records, Sony’s new tape technology can store the equivalent of 3,700 blu-ray discs.
These storage tapes are often used by companies to keep data for long periods of time and with Sony’s latest invention, these tapes can hold 148 gigabits per square inch, a number which has never been reached before.
While retrieving data from tapes is a slow process, companies often prefer them as they are cheaper and more energy efficient than data centers full of hard drives. Tapes are also believed to be a more reliable approach.
Sony was able to achieve such high storage volume by using nano grained magnetic layers which consist of tiny nano participles capable of allowing greater storage density.
In a statement, Sony said “the rapid recovery of data systems such as databases and data servers following natural disasters, as well as secure management of information has become ever more important, and companies around the world are proceeding to build new data systems.
“In addition, the expansion of cloud services and the creation of new markets to utilize big data have led to a growing need for a data storage media which can store large amounts of information.”
The new technology is definitely a revolution for Sony who is now working on making these storage solutions available to the public.