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This Magnetic Tape Developed By IBM Can Store 330TB Of Raw Data

The 21st century revolutionized the data storage device with its inception when it brought the standard Secure Digital(SD) to the world. However, during those days, a 64 MB card was taken to be a big thing. But 16 years down the lane, now we are packing massive 1TB of data in the tiny gadgets, and this tech advancement is not going to stop here. IBM Researchers and Sony have developed a magnetic tape that can store 330 terabytes of data in a small cartridge package.

Sony Storage Media Solutions joined hands with IBM to create the magnetic technology that stores 201 gigabits per square inch which mean that a cartridge that fits in the palm of your hand can store up to 330 terabytes of uncompressed data. This breakthrough is a significant step ahead of the conventional technology that offers only 15 TB per cartridge.

The mechanism behind Sony’s new magnetic tape technology is it makes use of a lubricant to achieve the 201 gigabits per square inch of storage. The first prototype was created using IBM’s newly developed write and read heads, advanced servo control technologies, and signal-processing algorithms.

According to Evangelos Eleftheriou, an IBM fellow at Zurich laboratory in Switzerland, “Tape has traditionally been used for video archives, backup files, replicas for disaster recovery and retention of information on premise, but the industry is also expanding to off-premise applications in the cloud. While sputtered tape is expected to cost a little more to manufacture than current commercial tape, the potential for very high capacity will make the cost per terabyte very attractive, making this technology practical for cold storage in the cloud.”

While explaining the working of technology Dr. Mark Lantz, an IBM research scientist,  said, “Sputtered tape uses several layers of thin metal films that are coated onto the tape using vacuum sputter technology. That’s similar technology used for manufacturing integrated circuits.”

Dr. Lantz, hoping for the brighter future of this development says, “This demonstrates the potential to continue scaling tape technology basically at historical rates of doubling the cartridge capacity every two years for at least the next 10 years. That’s really good news for our customers that could rely on tape technology. It’s kind of an integral part of their storage infrastructure to really preserve their data in a cost-effective manner.”

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