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Tale of the magnetic tape: 60 years at IBM
In 1952 IBM solved the problem of using magnetic tape to back up computer-generated data. The IBM 726 used a “vacuum column” that created a buffer of loose tape. This way, the relatively brittle tape could withstand the system’s fast starts and stops without snapping.
IBM claims that magnetic tape remains the most cost-effective, flexible and scalable medium for high-capacity storage backup today.
Tale of the magnetic tape: 60 years at IBM | ZDNet
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