IBM Breaks Tape Storage Record With Big Data in Mind
To help handle the onslaught of big data, IBM has set a new record for storing large amounts of data on tape.LAS VEGAS—IBM Research has set a new record for storing massive amounts of data on tape, the company announced at its IBM Edge 2014 conference here. Dr. Mark Lantz, manager of exploratory tape at IBM Research-Zurich said IBM researchers have demonstrated a new record of 85.9 billion bits of data per square inch in areal data density on low-cost linear magnetic particulate tape—a significant update to one of the computer industry's most resilient, reliable and affordable data storage technologies for big data. At this areal density, a standard Linear Tape Open (LTO) size cartridge could store up to 154 trillion bytes (154 terabytes) of uncompressed data—a 62-fold improvement over an LTO6 cartridge, the latest industry-standard magnetic tape product. To put this into perspective, 154 terabytes of data is sufficient to store the text from 154 million books, which would fill a bookshelf stretching from Las Vegas to Seattle, IBM said. This new record was achieved using a new advanced prototype tape, developed by Fujifilm of Japan. This is the third time in less than 10 years that IBM scientists in collaboration with Fujifilm have achieved such an accomplishment. The news was unveiled at IBM Edge in front of more than 5,000 attendees.
"We've been actively working on this with Fujifilm for several years," Lantz told eWEEK. "We are continuing to scale tape technology." Lantz said the tape storage breakthroughs from IBM Research are finding their way into the IBM product line. "We did another demo with Fujifilm in 2009 and we have been transferring some of the findings from that into our product division, and we will continue to gradually introduce new technology into our new products."