Proceedings PaperThe Future Of Digital Magnetic Tape
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For over 30 years, digital tape has provided the most cost-effective medium for the storage of sequentially accessed data and for archival storage of large quantities of data. Tape will continue to meet all requirements in these areas because there are no plausible competing technologies and the current tape technology is not approaching any fundamental limits. Changes will be slow because of the inertia of existing tape libraries and the convenience of backward compatibility.