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IBM Debuts High Speed Tape Drive

IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) has bolstered capacity in a new high-end tape drive to make more efficient use of data center square footage.

The vendor today unveiled its TS1120, the second generation of its 3592 tape drive, which was launched over two years ago (See IBM Cranks Up Tape and Gartner: IBM Tops Tape Drive Market.) Like the 3592, the TS1120 connects to both mainframes and open systems.

According to IBM, the TS1120 offers a native data rate of up to 100 megabytes per second and a native capacity of 500 Gbit/s. This is significantly more than the 3592s maximum of 40 Mbit/s per second and 300 Gbit/s, although these figures are all based on IBM’s own internal testing.

The new stats represent a shot across the bows of the 9940B tape drive offered by IBM’s arch-rival Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek) (NYSE: STK), which is also aimed at mainframes. The 9940B offers a native data transfer rate of 30 Mbit/s per second and native capacity of 200 Gbit/s.

Tom Sherwin, specialist at the San Diego Supercomputing Center, told NDCF that his site is considering an upgrade to the new TS1120. This, he says, is thanks to the drives’ capacity, rather than their speed, which could solve a big problem for the center. “We’re basically pushing our physical [data center] space,” he adds. “Over the next six months we’re going to be analyzing solutions.”

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