Digital data storage tape drives, or DDS, is a format for storing computer data on a digital audio tape. The
came after the original tape style data storage format known as the AIT, SAIT, or advanced intelligent tape drive. After its 1996 release, the DDS drive developed into a digital storage forerunner, eventually usurping the
format. DDS technology seems to have a place in the ongoing realm of digital storage display, with more efficient models containing extra storage coming out every few years. Modern, still-thriving incarnations of the design include DDS-3, DDS-4, DAT-72, DAT-160, and DAT-320.
The biggest issue with digital data storage is a lack of backwards compatibility. With technological advances moving at the speed of light, forms of storage are constantly being revamped and replaced. Previous types of digital storage quickly become unreadable and worthless. The DDS/DAT format has multiple competitors including
formats. All four models feature a digital tape storage format with various lengths of tape, compatibility, and storage space. In the future, several additional forms of technology are likely to come on the market. Only time can tell if the dilemma of lacking-permanence faced with digital data storage can ever reach resolute.