IBM Details Next Generation of Storage Innovation
Wednesday September 6, 4:33 pm ET
IBM Outlines Intelligent Storage Devices and Storage-Class Memory
SAN JOSE, CA--(MARKET WIRE)--Sep 6, 2006 -- IBM (NYSE:IBM - News) today at its Almaden Research Center is detailing the future of the data center led by projected advances in Intelligent Storage devices and Storage-Class Memory. The event is timed to mark the 50th anniversary this month of IBM's introduction of the world's first commercial hard-disk drive system -- the 350 Disk Storage Unit and the 305 RAMAC Computer -- regarded as one of the most significant products in the history of information technology.
Scientists and researchers today are outlining a number of key projects, including:
-- Storage-Class Memory: A new approach to creating faster storage, IBM's
Storage Class Memory (SCM) research project is focused on creating low-
cost, high-performance, high-reliability solid-state random-access storage
that could compete with or replace disk drives and/or flash memory.
Applications of this technology will range from pervasive mobile devices to
storage controllers and would possibly include rapid-booting PCs, which
could start up in a second or two after power on, not minutes like today's
-- Intelligent Data Storage: Future storage systems will be more than
repositories for data. They will also include a wide variety of modern data
management and analytic features that will enable more efficient management
and utilization of data, which will allow storage systems to help companies
with fraud detection and identity recognition.
-- Storage Systems That Compute: Smart movement of computing power is
enabled by logical partition (LPAR) technology, which allows virtual
servers to be created on the storage server. This can accelerate
applications by harnessing storage server resources.
-- Advances in Storage Management; Where Virtualization and Autonomic
Computing Intersect: Managing the proliferation of data is becoming a huge
and expensive headache. IBM solutions are based on open standards that use
autonomic policy-based protocols to manage heterogeneous storage
infrastructures efficiently and economically from a single point of
IBM will also be detailing technology advancements that have enabled tape to remain the most cost-effective method for storing massive amounts of business and personal data. While pundits have forecast the impending death of tape for years, IBM and its partners are enabling it to thrive today and for the foreseeable future.
"IBM kicked off the storage revolution fifty years ago this month with the introduction of the 305 RAMAC Computer," said Mark Dean, vice president Almaden Research Center and IBM Fellow. "Today, we're creating the next generation of advances that will drive storage innovation forward for the next fifty years."
The storage needs of businesses are growing dramatically. When IBM introduced the IBM 350 Disk Storage Unit in September 1956, its five megabytes could store a medium-resolution image of DaVinci's Mona Lisa painting. By comparison, the IBM System Storage DS8000 Turbo, introduced this August, can store up to 320 terabytes of information, which is the equivalent of all the images held in the Guggenheim, the Louvre, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and more. Another example, in 1956 the 350 Disk Storage Unit could hold the digital equivalent of the collected works of Shakespeare, while today's DS8000 can hold more than 76 million copies of Shakespeare's works.
The IBM 350 Disk Storage Unit was introduced on September 4, 1956 and the IBM 305 RAMAC Computer was introduced on September 13, 1956.
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IBM Storage-Class Memory concept is interesting, as if an evolution of early 70s bubble memory (Intel made chips);
coming from Parkin at IBM, this sounds like VMRAM to me,
though in racetrack architecture.
Seminar at California Nanotechnology Institute:
"The Magnetic Race Track - A Storage-Class Memory Using Current Driven Motion of Domain Walls in Magnetic Nano-Wires"
A proposal for a novel storage-class memory is described in which magnetic domains are used to store information in a "magnetic race-track". The magnetic race track is comprised of tall nano-columns of magnetic material arranged perpendicularly to the surface of a silicon wafer. The domains are moved around the race-track by current pulses using the phenomenon of spin momentum transfer: experiments demonstrating the current induced moment of domain walls in magnetic nano-wires will be discussed. The domain walls in the magnetic race-track are read using magnetic tunnel junction sensing devices arranged in the silicon substrate. The magnetic shift register promises a solid state memory with storage capacities and cost rivaling that of magnetic disk drives but with much improved performance and reliability.
Not sure if NVEC is going to do $50 tomorrow,
sounds like sparkly optimism.
Retreat from the HOD was dramatic.
But patience will win this race.
Hefty valuations coming.
If you understood the technology and had read NVEC's issued patents, you would understand this is a very significant development that could lead to another tidy royalty stream for NVEC.
The stock will continue to go up and down sharply as investors come and go to lock in gains or reduce their losses, but the overall trend is strongly to the upside for those who can stomach the volatility.
Today was scripted, tomorrow is not!
I second that, cc!!
Pullbacks are ESSENTIAL to spur more buying... even if done via conspiracy.
2.4M shares traded today.... by chance?...
NVEC to $50+