We all know that magnetic tapes have disappeared from the usual consumption, but, they are still used in certain areas. For example, in storage centers, they are still used, and recently, IBM squeezes record 330TB data in a tiny cartridge.
IBM Squeezes Record 330TB Data In A Tiny Cartridge
Although the magnetic tapes have disappeared from the usual consumption, they are still used in certain areas. For example, in storage centers, they are still used, because there is a very good relationship between price and storage capacity.
At IBM, the evolution of this technology has been considered, they have reduced the physical space while at the same time have improved the storage density in an incredible way. Gathering a new world record, IBM scientists have captured 330TB of uncompressed data in a cartridge that can fit in the palm of the hand.
In case you can not quantify the feat, imagine 330 million books compressed into a cassette tape.
Capturing 201GB per square inch in a prototype of magnetic tape, the 330TB mentioned above means that the tape is 20 times more dense than the conventional tapes that are still used in the industry.
For those who do not understand the term, the area of recording density is the amount of information that can be stored on a given surface.
IBM has been working with Sony for many years to capture information on magnetic tapes as they were developed. “The result of this collaboration has led to several improvements in media technology, such as the roll-to-roll process for the manufacture of magnetic tapes and better lubrication technology, which stabilizes the functionality of the tapes”, commented Evangelos Eleftheriou of IBM.
This new technology makes it even more interesting to use the tapes since the price only increases slightly. Such is the potential that sees that IBM poses a jump of this technological advance for the clouds of storage, although it will not be until within the next 10 years.
The developed cartridges would serve for long term storage, something that would interest many companies. In a world where information is gold, it becomes more and more necessary and a place where to store such amount for such a small cost is a real candy for any business that works with very large volumes of information.
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