The electronic storage of data continues to grow exponentially. But as the late George Carlin pointed out, having a lot of "stuff" brings its own set of challenges.
The latest issue of the IBM Journal of Research and Development, now available online, focuses on hardware and software approaches that help keep these repositories reliable and scalable, as well as ways to manage storage and the energy needed to drive it.
Entitled "Storage Technologies and Systems," the issue describes new storage technologies ranging from ultrahigh density data stored on chips and tape to methods for managing enterprise-scale storage systems.
Researchers also share their belief that many of the technologies and innovations described in the issue will drive the industry in the years to come.