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Breakthrough in data storage on tape
CERN and StorageTek achieve record values

Zurich (pte021/30.05.2003/13:12) - The European research institute CERN has broken the so-called 'sound barrier' of one gigabyte per second in the storage of data on tape, as recently announced by the institute.

The IT division of CERN was able to achieve this record value with the help of 45 newly installed StorageTek 9940B tape drives, which enable storage at 30 megabytes per second. Over several hours, the system achieved storage values of 1.1 gigabytes per second and top values of 1.2 gigabytes per second. This is equivalent to saving the complete data of a film on DVD in four seconds.

The positive result, says CERN, confirms that the IT division of CERN is equipped to handle the enormous amounts of data which will be generated during experiments with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) currently under construction.

Head of the CERN IT division Wolfgang RĂ¼den said: "This most recent breakthrough achieved together with StorageTek gives us great confidence and confirms that we will soon achieve the production demands for the LHC."

Beat Schuele, Country Manager of StorageTek Switzerland has further drawn the conclusion that "tapes will remain competitive storage media for the extreme demands of the LHC computing grid."

A subsidiary of the American StorageTek Technology Corporation, StorageTek AG has developed and marketed innovative storage products and solutions since 1969.

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