It’s our great pleasure to invite you to join the 8th edition of
the Future of Data Protection & Retention workshop at
the IBM Research – Zurich Lab


This workshop will bring together experienced clients and business partners with the IBM tape and storage research, development and top-management teams to discuss important topics around

  • Data protection
  • Tape
  • Virtual tape

Both mainframe and open systems will be covered.

At this 1.5-day workshop, we will explore the latest storage research topics, discuss technology roadmaps and industry trends, and solicit input and feedback from our clients and partners.

This is a very socializing session that allows for significant interaction, idea sharing and networking!

Lab tour included

You will be able to see “live” the equipment used to make the new world-record demonstration of a tape that can potentially store up to 330 TB in a single cartridge!

ZRL campus

The 2017 Future of Data Protection & Retention workshop will take place on the leafy campus of the IBM Research – Zurich Laboratory
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    Examine and evaluate how IBM’s storage technologies can deepen your skills and understanding of your organization’s critical storage technology needs.
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Enrollment or questions

Please contact the organizers below, indicating your first and last name, email address, company, role and attendee type (IBM, BP or Customer).

  • Mark Lantz

    Mark Lantz

    IBM Principle Research Staff Member
    Tape storage expert


  • Market trends and directions in data retention
    • Latest IBM announcements in this area (TS4300, TS7700, TS1155, LTO, SP plus)
    • Future development areas
  • IBM Research topics around data retention and tape
  • LTO and Enterprise tape, a comprehensive comparison
  • Where tape fits best (Industry focus: Digital video surveillance, genomics, HPC, seismic…)
  • Why tape is crucial for backup (ransomware attacks, tape is last line of defense!)
  • Tape imperative For the Internet of Things: New data streams & workflows
  • Collect feedback through open discussion with clients and business partners

IBM storage solutions to be covered

  • Storage tape and virtual tape (mainframe and open)
  • Tape automation (tape libraries)
  • Storage software (Spectrum Protect/Archive)