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IBM 726 (1952)

IBM 726 (1952) IBM introduced the IBM 726 as a new way to store computer-generated data. The system solved a key challenge of tape at the time - breakage - through the use of a “vacuum column” that created a buffer of loose tape. As a result, the relatively brittle magnetic tape could withstand the system’s fast starts and stops without snapping. Tape storage has evolved in many ways since the 726 was introduced with the 701 and it remains the most cost-effective, flexible and scalable medium for high-capacity storage backup today.

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Taken on February 17, 2005