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IBM has Stuffed 330 Terabyte of Data into a Small Cartridge


Researchers at computing giant IBM have managed to store the record amount of 330 terabytes  of uncompressed data on a chewing-gum-packet-sized drive.

Lead researcher Mark Lantz explained how, through a partnership with Sony Storage Media Solutions, IBM managed to achieve the world record of 201 gigabits per square  inch on “sputtered magnetic tape” — 20 times the density found in commercial tape drives.

The breakthrough showcases the ongoing viability of magnetic tapes as a storage medium: invented over 60 years ago, the technology still has the potential to continue using magnetic tape for at least another ten years.

“Tape has traditionally been used for video archives, back-up files, replicas for disaster recovery and retention of information on premise, but the industry is also expanding to off-premise applications in the cloud,” IBM fellow Evangelos Eleftheriou  said in a statement.

“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.”

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