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On the tape side, IBM introduced a new technology, Long-term File System, or LTFS, to go with its new LTO-5 tape libraries.
"Now customers can mount a tape cartridge as if it were a media drive, and see the files on it," Barrera said. "This is great for industries such as media and entertainment, or oil and gas, because with the metadata, they can easily access a tape for a specific movie or with data gathered from a specific (exploration) ship."
Also new is an enhancement to IBM's deduplication technology which allows remote sites to dedupe data before sending it to a central site for backups and archiving, Barrera said. Once it reaches the central site, that data is deduped again to cut capacity requirements even further, he said.
IBM also released SONAS, a scale-out NAS architecture specifically for storing and managing unstructured data such as large video files or photos while making them accessible to multiple users and providing long-term retention.
IBM on Wednesday also released a YouTube video explaining its scale-out technology.