SSDs may be what's "next," but seriously -- magnetic tape storage is the real heat. This darn near antediluvian storage medium is amazingly still around and kicking, and what's even more incredible is that real advancements are taking place. Just under four years ago, IBM and Fujifilm were doing the
Cha Cha Slide Tango as they introduced 8TB cartridges; today, the two are rolling out (quite literally, actually) a 35TB version into the wild, wild world that we call home. Nah, you won't find these on any Best Buy shelves, but your great grandchild's medical records may one day end up on something built in the year 2010. Just think about that. Think about it.