INSIC 2022 Areal Density Chart
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The Information Storage Industry Consortium – dedicated to serving as an integrating force, bringing together the unique capabilities of industry, academia and government in the development of advanced, pre-competitive data storage technologies.

The Information Storage Industry Consortium (INSIC) is the research consortium for the worldwide information storage industry. INSIC membership consists of more than sixty-five corporations, universities and government organizations with common interests in the field of digital information storage. Corporate membership includes major information storage product manufacturers and companies from the storage industry infrastructure. INSIC has its headquarters in San Diego and was originally incorporated in April 1991 as NSIC, a non-profit mutual benefit corporation.

What Experts Are Saying

Mark Peters

“Most of the issues with tape have to do with perception rather than reality. The challenge is really fiction, not function.”


Phil Goodwin

“Tape backup operations is becoming a part-time job due to the degree of automation available. Disk management has its own amount of labor associated with it.”


Dave Thomson

“Most higher capacity users prefer on-premise archives.”

QStar Technologies

Fred Moore

“Storing data in the cloud is inexpensive; moving data in and out of the cloud is very expensive. Not so with tape.”

Horison Information Strategies

Tom Coughlin

“Five years out, tape is still going to be quite relevant. There is going to be more data than ever that needs to be stored, and they’ll be looking for cost-effective ways of doing that.”

Coughlin Associates

Jason Hick

“Tape’s offline capability gives us a layer of protection that the other storage options do not have.”

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Jason Hick

“Tape is the most affordable option for multi-PB storage capacity.”

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Fred Moore

“In the future, I believe tape volumes will dramatically increase because of the price/performance/capacity/reliability and roadmap advantages.”

Horison Information Strategies

TAPE Research Program

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