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Ibm's Futuristic Storage Aims For Speed, Density

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IBM is developing super-fast, super-dense storage media that could be available within 10 years.

IBM wants to make primary data available faster and to pack more archived information into a small space. To improve data retrieval speed, IBM is developing racetrack storage, in which data is stored in different magnetic areas that travel over short, nano-scale wires when accessed. Racetrack memory could pave the way for storage class memory, which will be almost as fast as today's memory but able to scale up to enterprise storage capacity, according to IBM researchers.

To improve data storage density, the IBM researchers are developing a petabyte storage device, a new magnetic technology that could store a petabyte of data in a standard 1U rack unit. The petabyte storage device would be designed to store data for 50 years without the need for migration to another medium. The new devices could be applied to the movie industry, which is moving to all-digital productions that can generate hundreds of terabytes of data.

The medical industry also could use the new devices, as one 300-bed hospital can generate up to 30 terabytes of data a year.

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