Finally, a good news and new breakthrough for magnetic tape industry! The research result on joint collaboration between IBM and Fujifilm has significantly increase the density of data for a magnetic tape of 29.5 billion bits per square inch, which is enough to hold 35TB of data!

And that is 39 times greater in capacities compare with today’s largest storage products in the market. Another plus is on the cost side, as magnetic tape produced in large scale, it will cost a tiny fraction compare to flash and magnetic hard drives.

IBM scientists Mark Lantz and Jens Jelitto next to a stack of various IBM LTO and Enterprise Tape media

IBM scientists Mark Lantz and Jens Jelitto next to a stack of various IBM LTO and Enterprise Tape media.

Evangelos Eleftheriou, IBM Fellow, stands behind the demostation where scientists recorded a density of 29.5 billion bits per square inch magnetic tape devices.

Evangelos Eleftheriou, IBM Fellow, stands behind the demostation where scientists recorded a density of 29.5 billion bits per square inch magnetic tape devices.

Dr. Eleftheriou himself believes this breakthrough will certainly sustain the roadmap for magnetic tape storage for the next decade.

Photo courtesy of IBM Research – Zurich