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The Hottest Data-Storage Medium Is…Magnetic Tape?

Bill Schweber
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ChristopherJames
ChristopherJames
10/1/2018 2:12:52 AM
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Re: Interesting Article
There are still organisations that prefer traditional modes of storage depending on their company protocols. Who are we to blame them for wanting to keep erroneous data on a bare minimum. Cyber attacks and even data corruption are sometimes inevitable on digital platforms, thus using tape units is rather less risky. At the end of the day, you would have to consider several factors to derive with the decision of whether or not your data storage solutions can only rely on digital means or going traditional is still the way to go.

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DSPer
DSPer
10/11/2017 9:17:15 AM
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Interesting Article
Hello Bill. Thanks for your interesting article. The IEEE Spectrum magazine had a recent article about IBM's ability to store 201 Gbits of data on a square inch of magnetic tape. Squeezing a kilometer-long tape in one cartridge means they can store 330 Tbytes of data on one cartridge that you can hold in the palm of your hand. That much storage is equivalent to roughly 330 million books. (That's more than 20 times the number of books currently in the Library of Congress.)  

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