IBM makes another breakthrough today with an announcement about tape data density. Unlike hard disk drive technologies that are hitting physical limits, IBM is proving that tape technology still has plenty of life in its future. When I first started working for IBM in Tucson, back in 1986, a 3420 tape reel held only 180MB of data, and a 3480 tape cartridge improved this to 200MB of data. Today's enterprise tapes, like 3592 cartridges for the TS1130 drives, or LTO4 cartridges for the IBM TS1040 drives, are half-inch wide, half-mile long, and can store 1 TB or more of data per cartridge, depending on how well the data can compress. To increase cartridge capacity, designers can make changes in three dimensions:
Working with FujiFilm Corporation of Japan, my colleagues at IBM Research facility in Zurich were able to demonstrate an incredible 29.5 Gigabits per square inch, nearly 40 times more dense than today's commercial tape technology. In the near future, we will be able to hold a 35TB tape cartridge in our hand. There was actually a lot to make this happen, improved giant magentoresistive read/write heads, better servo patterns to stay on track, thinner tracks less than a micron thick, and better signal-to-noise processing to accomplish this. To learn more, you can read the [Press Release] or watch this quick [4-minute YouTube video].
Tape -- You've come a long way, baby!
Happy New Year everyone!
I hope everyone was able to take some time to reflect during the past few weeks. I was able to take the past two weeks off from IBM, so that I could spend some time doing things I enjoy, like...
Sadly, you get back from two weeks out, and you get slapped in the face with 341 unread emails. I am hopeful that 2010 will prove to be better than 2009.
Hey everyone, its Tuesday, and that means IBM announcements!
(Insert evil villain laugh here)
To avoid overwhelming people with too many features and functions, IBM decided to keep things simple for the first release. Let's take a look:
As we say here at IBM, "Today is the best day to stop using EMC Centera." For more information, see the IBM [Announcement Letter].
Well, it's Tuesday, and that means announcements! Today, IBM Systems and Technology Group launches its Virtual Briefing Center (VBC) located at [htt
At this point, you might ask "What do you mean by Virtual Briefing Center?"
First, I must mention that this new VBC is not in [Second Life] as you might expect. Since IBM's [initial foray into Second Life] back in 2006, IBM has continued its investment and exploration into this new technology. IBM [launched various areas] in this virtual world platform. Some of you might remember the IBM [Virtual Business Center] I helped launch back in 2007. Last year, IBM announced it was [Doubling Down its investment in Second Life]. The impressive Return on Investment (ROI) has converted many IBMers into [Virtual World Believers]. Of course, IBM might incorporate aspects of Second Life into this VBC sometime in the future, as we grow this concept forward.
Instead, the new VBC was designed to supplement in-person briefings, maintained by technical folks like myself who are part of the physical briefing centers. The site has four major sections:
The VBC is available worldwide to all companies looking to buy IBM products and solutions, as well as IBM Business Partners and sales reps. Check it out!
Last week's earthquake in Haiti reminds us all how fragile systems can be. Part of a complete Information Infrastructure is Information Security. Back in 2006, IBM [acquired Internet Security Services]. This week, IBM announces two sets of ISS Data Security Services: These services can include assessments of your current environment, running workshops to help gather requirements, help design security policies, and even follow through with implementation.
Both of these services include implementation of help desk support as well. To learn more, check out the ISS [Virtual Briefing Center].