In a world where over 200 million emails are sent and 571 new websites are created every minute of the day, data storage technology is in constant need of evolution.Now IBM and Fujifilm have figured out how to store 220TB of data on a standard size tape that can fit in the palm of your hand and are taking steps toward guaranteeing the future viability of this long-term data storage medium.
The prototype of the new tape is reported to pack 88 times as much data as the existing industry-standard LTO-6 systems, using the same size cartridge. Although the new tapes will not be available for some years and by the time they are released, the capacity may no longer be considered as extreme, the achievement shows that the technology continues to sustain long-term viability.
Tape storage is still the primary data holder per bit, beating its competitors of spinning Hard Disk Drives and Solid State Drives. Although the disadvantage of tape technology has always been its slower retrieval time, due to the capacity capabilities of this medium, it remains the ideal storage device for archiving large amounts of infrequently used data.
IBM has also confirmed that they believe tape storage is ideal for cloud storage and are working towards making cloud compatible interface systems, further guaranteeing the long term viability of the medium.
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