NASA astronauts on Atlantis and Discovery shuttle missions successfully store and bring back digital images on IBM's award-winning one-gigabyte, one-inch IBM Microdrive.

IBM announces a new portfolio of products and technology to lead the industry's rapid migration to open storage networking. Included in the announcement are the industry's first open NAS Gateway -- IBM Total Storage Networked Attached Storage 300G -- which allows Local Area Network-based clients and servers to easily interoperate with an existing Storage Area Network; and the IBM TotalStorage IP Storage 200i, a high-performance, low-cost iSCSI storage appliance connecting users to pooled storage on a network using Internet protocols.

IBM rolls out a comprehensive lineup of new storage networking products, including: IBM TotalStorage NAS 200, a tower (one processor and up to 216GB) or rack (two processors and up to 1.74GB); TotalStorage NAS 300, designed for mission critical applications; and TotalStorage NAS 300G, to bridge the gap between local area network and a storage area network.

IBM becomes the first storage vendor to offer mainframe customers a Fibre Channel-based connection (FICON) to their high-end disk systems. FICON provides peak data transfer rates almost six times faster than the current ESCON technology employed by competitors. In addition, the company rolls out the Model B20 and Model B10 of IBM's TotalStorage Virtual Tape Server that for the first time incorporate IBM's patented copper chip technology.

In October, IBM announces an array of storage networking products for mid-market customers, including a new storage server -- the IBM TotalStorage Fibre Array Storage Technology 700 Storage Server -- and enhanced network attached storage and Internet protocol storage products designed to provide increased scalability and performance.

IBM says that it will deliver the broadest portfolio of Linux storage products in the industry, including high to low end disk and tape systems.

The company is the first to mass-produce computer hard disk drives using a revolutionary new type of magnetic coating that is expected to eventually quadruple the data density of current hard disk drive products. Key to IBM's data storage breakthrough is a three-atom-thick layer of ruthenium, a precious metal similar to platinum, sandwiched, like "pixie dust," between two magnetic layers.

In November, IBM introduces Deskstar 120GXP, the industry's lowest-power consumption 3.5-inch desktop hard drive with a 120GB capacity and performing at 7200 rpm; and the Travelstar 60GH and Travelstar 40GN family.

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