You may not know, but magnetic tape has been the storage medium of data centers since 1952 Its durability, its longevity, its energy efficiency, its density, its low cost and scalability have made it hard to beat over the years and now IBM and Fujifilm have teamed up to make it even better.

“Currently, we produce 25 quintillion bytes of data every day, mainly due to the continued rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), the emergence of high definition 4K videos / 8K and AI-powered big data analytics At the pace we're going, global data is expected to reach 175 zettabytes from here 2025, i.e. an annual growth of 61% One ZB equals one trillion gigabytes (Go) – the latest cell phones have 256 Go », we read in the press release from IBM.

“The only technology capable of handling the massive growth of digital data, to protect them from cyber attacks and to archive data for some of the world's largest hyperscale data centers is over 30 years old technology. 60 years – magnetic tape”

The new tape produced by these industry giants has a capacity of 580 To (terabytes), about 50 times the capacity of current data cartridges It holds a world record of 317 Gbpsi (gigabytes per square inch – 645 cm2) density recording and was produced using a new magnetic particle called strontium ferrite (SrFe)SrFe can be transformed into smaller particles with «superior properties» allowing it to provide higher density storage on the same amount of tape

“In terms of storage potential, a single tape cartridge with this new areal density has the potential to store approximately 580 TB of data To put this in perspective, 580 To is equivalent to 786 977 Stacked CDs of 944 meters high, which is higher than the Burj Kalifa, tallest building in the world. It's a colossal amount of data! Everything fits onto a tape cartridge in the palm of your hand », IBM writes

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