15 May 2012

Could tape make a comeback?

The Age – May 15 2012 Tape is sticking around data centres like the slimy stuff in an Alien movie. You think it’s dead, but it never really goes away. With the 60th anniversary of IBM’s iconic digital tape drive this month, it’s a good time to consider whether improvements in tape technology will revive its use on a larger scale or whether faster disk-based and other technologies trump tape once and for all.
IBM’s first tape device, the IBM 726, was announced on May 21, 1952. It stored data at 6.1KB/sec and had a capacity of about 2.3MB.
The slow speed of accessing files has always been an issue with tape, providing an opportunity for high capacity disk drives in data backup and recovery. Read full article
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