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    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
    current systems.

    -- 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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