The researchers explained several new types of data storage technology in various stages of development. One of them, Intelligent Data Storage, would use software to manage a storage network, assess storage needs, analyze data and assist in retrieving data when it is needed.
"You want to be able to tell the system, 'I want more storage of this type,' and have it happen," said IBM researcher Linda Duyanovich.
Other storage makers, including EMC, are also researching new storage technology, said Gartner analyst Roger Cox.
For sure, companies wouldn't be talking gigabytes, terabytes and petabytes of storage if it weren't for the RAMAC shipped out the door 50 years ago today.
The Magnetic Disk Heritage Center is helping to restore the RAMAC at the Computer History Museum to its full 1956-era functionality.
"In the technology industry, we throw away and over-write our history all the time," said Thomas Coughlin, a data storage consultant and founder of the Heritage Center. "I think it's important for us to remember the technology that got things started."