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5 Things to Know About IBM’s New Tape Storage World Record

December 16, 2020

The human race's quest for knowledge, and with it the inexorable and exponential growth of data, has required ever more sophisticated ways of storing, securing and retrieving information. Even as new technologies have arrived, tape media has proven to be one of the most secure, most reliable and most enduring ways to store data.

Today's tape technologies are the cornerstone of the world's largest enterprises and hyperscale cloud providers because of the cost, security and durability. At IBM, we continue to reinvent tape, from working with the largest hyperscale providers to future proofing the technology for decades to come.

1. Investing in tape innovation is the answer to surging volumes of data changing the storage landscape

It’s no surprise we’re creating more and more data. Currently we produce 2.5 quintillion bytes of data[1] on a daily basis. At the rate we’re going, worldwide data is expected to hit 175 zettabytes by 2025[2], with as much of the data residing in the cloud as in data centers.

Tape is an optimal storage solution, especially for those managing next-generation workloads that are pushing the data limits even further.

4. Breaking a world record while collaborating to advance the tape roadmap

Working with engineers at FUJIFILM, IBM set yet another new world record in tape storage – the sixth since 2006. Pushing the limits, IBM achieved 317 GB/in2 (gigabits per square inch) in areal density on a prototype strontium ferrite (SrFe) particulate magnetic tape developed by FUJIFILM.

First, they needed to create a new material to help further the scale density of tape. The current generation of tape uses barium ferrite (BaFe) particles to coat the magnetic tape storage media.

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