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IBM's Cloud Computing Dream: Unveils storage innovation with "Project QuickSilver"

Breakthrough Storage Performance: Engineers and researchers at the IBM Hursley development lab in England and the Almaden Research Center in California have demonstrated groundbreaking performance results that outperform the world's fastest disk storage solution by over 250 percent. IBM has demonstrated, for the first time, the game-changing impact solid-state technologies can have on how businesses and individuals manage and access information. The results were achieved using Flash solid-state technology coupled with IBM's industry leading, highly scalable storage virtualization technology. Under the codename "Project Quicksilver," IBM achieved groundbreaking results in transferring data at a sustained rate of over one million Input/Output (I/O) per second -- with a response time of under one millisecond (ms). Compared to the fastest industry benchmarked disk system, Quicksilver improved performance(1) by 250 percent at less than 1/20th the response time, took up 1/5th the floor space and required only 55 percent of the power and cooling.

A New Revolution in Storage Technology: In April, IBM outlined a computer memory milestone that could lead to electronic devices capable of storing far more data in the same amount of space than is possible today. Within the next ten years, "racetrack" memory, so named because the data "races" around the nanoscale wire "track," could lead to solid state electronic devices -- with no moving parts, and therefore more durable -- capable of holding far more data in the same amount of space than is possible today. For example, this technology could enable a handheld device such as an mp3 player to store about 500,000 songs or 3,500 movies, 100-times what is possible today with far lower cost and power consumption.


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