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IBM FIRST TO MARKET WITH TAPE STORAGE BREAKTHROUGH; NEW TECHNOLOGY PLAYS STARRING ROLE IN SOLUTION FOR ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT.

IBM is the first company to ship products based on a breakthrough industry-standard technology for tape storage. Using IBM's Linear Tape-Open Ultrium (LTO Ultrium) products, customers can store information with up to twice the capacity and speed at about the same cost of existing competitive technology.

The tape can transfer information at 30 megabytes per second. At that speed, LTO Ultrium could read a 300-page novel in about three seconds. Building on its portfolio of 218 tape patents in 1999 alone, the new tape storage products range from 200 compressed gigabytes in one tape drive, which is equivalent to a floor full of academic journals, and scale to nearly 500 terabytes, which is more than 24 times the printed collection of the U.S. Library of Congress.

With the explosion of e-business information, tape storage is increasing in importance. According to IDC, the worldwide tape automation market will nearly double in size reaching $4.6 billion by 2004.

LTO Ultrium is intended for customers such as media companies and those doing business on the Web who need to back up large volumes of digital data. Media companies are looking for better ways to archive film footage and digitize their video libraries, and by using LTO Ultrium, these companies can automate the process of searching and retrieving video/film content. The digital format preserves the content much better than analog because it does not deteriorate.

Paramount Domestic Television's Entertainment Tonight (ET) will use LTO Ultrium to convert more than 100,000 hours of videotape footage. Instead of manually searching through footage to find the right image, this new, automated technology reduces hours of work to just seconds. Entertainment Tonight will be able to digitally store and retrieve its archives much faster, more efficiently and less expensively.

The LTO Ultrium products are the culmination of an industry initiative by IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Seagate to create an open industry-standard format for digital tape. The new technology allows customers to use tapes and drives interchangeably from any manufacturer using LTO. Today, IBM is the first to deliver the products. IBM will market LTO Ultrium drives and tapes for UNIX and Windows 2000/NT users with the IBM brand and will also sell them to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).

LTO Ultrium products were specifically designed for use in automated tape storage libraries that employ sophisticated robotic arms to automatically retrieve tapes. The process of selecting and retrieving the correct tape is reduced to seconds.
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Date:Aug 28, 2000
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