Fujifilm And IBM Expand Enterprise Tape Storage Capacity
Valhalla, NY, December 21, 2006 - FUJIFILM Corporation, a leading global provider of enterprise and midrange data storage media and parent company of FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc., announced today that it worked with IBM to enhance the company’s unique NANOCUBIC tape formulation to create a tape cartridge with 700GB of uncompressed storage capacity. The technology was developed for use in the IBM System Storage TS1120 Tape Drive, introduced in 2005 and now the first enterprise-grade tape system to offer 700 GB of uncompressed storage capacity on a single cartridge.
“IBM prides itself on bringing the latest technology innovation to its enterprise storage products,” said IBM’s Cindy Grossman, vice president, tape storage systems. “This advanced tape cartridge is designed to bring additional capacity to the second-generation IBM System Storage TS1120 Tape Drive to meet the increasing demand among enterprises for high capacity reliable data storage and reduced cost of operations.”
This new IBM System Storage 3592 Extended Data high-capacity tape media was announced in October and is now available from IBM in both re-writeable or Write Once, Read Many (WORM) formats. It is the first 700 GB tape media available to customers. The cartridges may be integrated into the IBM TS3500 Tape Library, the 3494 Tape Library and the Silo Compatible Tape Drive Frame 3592 Model C20 as well as into stand-alone environments. The ability to be used in a variety of system architectures potentially can help customers reduce space requirements, improve library utilization, and protect current investments.
This announcement is the next step to achieving multiple terabyte storage on a single cartridge, a goal first announced in May 2006 by researchers at IBM laboratories in Almaden. In that news, IBM researchers were able to demonstrate the ability to store 6.67 billion bits (Gigabits) per square inch of data tape using the linear recording format.
Fujifilm NANOCUBIC magnetic coating method, first unveiled in 2002, utilizes a unique dual-layer particulate layering process for creating media, which is more commercially viable than other systems such as evaporated metal or sputtering techniques. Because of this, advanced Fujifilm tape media can be produced using existing manufacturing equipment and processes.
Already recognized by the industry as an enterprise-class tape technology, Fujifilm NANOCUBIC uses an ultra-thin layer coating to produce higher resolution for recording digital data, ultra-low noise and high signal-to-noise ratios that are ideal for magneto-resistive (MR) heads. Engineered for superior archival and reliability performance, a critical requirement for enterprise system users, NANOCUBIC combines a unique binder to provide more stable chemical performance and a super-fine magnetic particle that provides stable physical performance.
Since announcing the IBM System Storage Enterprise Tape Cartridge 3592 in 2003 , the first product to ship incorporating Fujifilm NANOCUBIC technology, other leading drive manufacturers have announced products utilizing NANOCUBIC technology. For more information on the Fujifilm USA storage products as well as news and information on the company’s technology, visit www.fujifilmusa.com.
For additional information on IBM’s System Storage 3599 tape media, visit www.ibm.com/storage.
Fujifilm brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries including medical, life sciences, consumer electronic, chemical, graphic arts, information systems, photography and office products based on its vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company provides products and services that contribute to the advancement of culture, science, technology and industry, as well as to improved health and environmental protection. It is the global leader in digital minilabs; Computed Radiography systems; ink dyes, pigments and UV inks for inkjet printers and materials used in the production of flat panel displays. It was ranked number 18 for U.S. patents granted in 2005, employs more than 75,000 people worldwide and in the year ended March 31, 2006, had global revenues of $22.8 billion.
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