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Fujifilm NANOCUBIC-Based Media Provides Provides Density to Maximize IBM Tape Drive

FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A., Inc. today announced that when used with the new one terabyte (TB) IBM System Storage TS1130 Tape Drive, media manufactured by Fujifilm for the IBM System Storage TS1120 is capable of storing up to three (3) terabytes of data on a single cartridge (using second generation media and standard 3:1 compression.) With an industry leading native data transfer speed of 160 MB/sec, the new system is designed for enterprise customers that require highly secure, reliable back up solutions for compliance and archiving, such as in the financial, life science and public sector industries.

"IBM continues to advance technology innovation through its enterprise storage products and joint development with leading technology companies like Fujifilm," said Cindy Grossman, Vice President of Tape and Archive, IBM System Storage. "The advanced tape cartridge was designed specifically to bring the capacity, density and reliability necessary to maximize the capability of IBM System Storage TS1130 Tape Drive."

This announcement marks another step toward realizing multiple terabyte media based on the combined technology development between IBM and Fujifilm. Today data storage systems contain massive volumes of critical customer and/or business information. Industry experts have stated that it would take roughly 10 terabytes to digitally store all the millions of items within the Library of Congress.

"Storing massive amounts of data on disk-only systems has become challenging as rising energy costs focus attention on the need for energy efficient solutions," noted Peter Faulhaber, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Fujifilm Recording Media U.S.A., Inc. "Tape-based storage operates only when retrieving data, so a data center's operation is more cost-effective and demands less power from the energy grid – which is a growing concern in the IT industry."

The third generation of IBM's 3592 enterprise Tape Drives, the IBM System Storage TS1130 uses very sensitive, Giant Magneto-Resistive (GMR) heads to reduce read errors and provide data integrity and reliability, and supports drive-based data encryption. Coupled with IBM's tape virtualization offerings, large, scalable automation, and tape drive encryption, end-users benefit from the low cost, high security of tape solutions while simplifying the management of backup and archive operations.

Fujifilm is a global technology innovator that invests nearly $4 million dollars every day in research and development, using its enormous library of proprietary chemistry and advanced thin-film engineering expertise to create new products and advance existing businesses as customer needs evolve.

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