has introduced new AIT-1 and AIT-2 based StorStation drives. The new products are aimed at small to midsized businesses looking for tape backup subsystems. Sony’s product offerings include a FireWire model that is Mac-compatible, too.
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AIT — or Advanced Intelligent Tape — is a high-capacity digital tape data format aimed at data protection and archival. Sony’s StorStation drives features capacities from 91 to 130GB, with transfer rates from 4 to 6MB per second.
Sony’s StorStation AITe90-UL model features dual connectivity for USB and FireWire. The new drive costs US$899. Alas, the bundled software is Windows-compatible only, but
Dantz Development Corp.’s
popular Retrospect software supports AIT drives (Retrospect is sold separately).