Major innovation in data storage

data storage

Computer scientists have come up with a new computer memory that could store thousand times more  data than the  conventiontional silicon chips used now . Storage is a critical issue because packing  too much data(or music or images ) into a space to make it more denser and store more data , is like squeezing more strawberries into the same sized supermarket carton . The denser you pack, the quicker it spoils. Next generation iPods would need much larger densities.

The 10 to 100 gigabits of data per square inch on today’s memory cards has an estimated life expectancy of only 10 to 30 years.

Scientists  at IBM have claimed to have come up with a digital storage such as an MP3 player , that could store about half a million songs or 3500 films – and costs far less to produce . So-called ‘racetrack‘ memory uses the ‘spin‘ of an electron to store data, and can operate far more quickly than regular hard drives.

The promise of racetrack memory – for example, the ability to carry massive amounts of information in your pocket – could unleash creativity leading to devices and applications that nobody has imagined yet,” Stuart Parkin, the IBM fellow who led the research, said.

Tech Mahindra buys major number of shares of Satyam


Tech Mahindra, an M&M-promoted company ,a mid-sized IT outsourcer, has won the bid for Satyam Computer after bidding at Rs 58 per share. Tech Mahindra has secured complete funding to acquire a 51 per cent stake in Satyam.  Reports say that Tech Mahindra may be interested in acquiring Satyam as part of its strategy to evolve from a telecom industry focused IT firm to a full fledged IT services company spanning across all sectors. Earlier reports mentioned that HP, IBM, Mindtree would also be interested in acquiring Satyam.Satyam’s sale is likely to help restore confidence in India’s IT services sector at a time the global economic downturn has already slowed growth.

” Microsoft Free ” computers by IBM

ibmIn favour of Open Source , IBM has introduced a series of business computers that are ” Microsoft Free “.This IBM project was based on its work with Canonical and Virtual Bridges .According to IBM,these system would save  $500 to $800 per business user on software licenses and an additional $258 per user by means of eliminating the need for upgrading the hardware to support Vista and Ms Office.

The system, which IBM calls the Open Collaboration Client, combines the Linux operating system with IBM’s open source Lotus Symphony desktop package.Symphony includes word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet applications based on the Open Document Format. IBM Lotus Notes apps are also available.

Complete article here : InformationWeek

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