Tape: Magnetic tape on which many government agencies keep their computerized records.
Once scanned, files are stored on floppy diskette, 9-track
tape, or cartridge tape according to customer specifications.
With conventional servers, someone on your staff has to back up data on 9-track
magnetic tape, usually after business hours.
The benchmarks are made available by FTP (on ARPAnet) or by 9-track
For example, there are more than a dozen companies currently shipping 9-track
tape products, although 9-track
has been out of the mainstream for decades.
The current E-3 AWACS configuration includes three 9-track
tape drives (800 BPI, 2,400-ft tapes), for initial program loading and for data recording.
The Loader program will read monthly data updates provided on 9-track
magnetic tape reels direct from Bowker, and load it into MDAS.
"Most of the routine interconnection will be handled by 9-track
magnetic tapes and overnight mail," said Lammers.
Moreover, it really is important to users whether an external interface medium will be, say, floppy, disk, 9-track
tape, or direct electronic communications.
Data Courier's databases are loaded and updated on tape in MARC format on 6250 BPI 9-track
tape or 3480 cartridge, suitable for most mainframe computers.
Meridian Data plans to ship the new 5.0 software and installation program on compact disc as well as 9-track
tape, DAT and Exabyte tape.
LC also announced that it was making available MARC cataloging data on 9-track
tape or tape cartridge, machine-readable bibliographies of the National Library of Australia and the National Library of New Zealand.