Ed Childers is a Senior Technical Staff Member in IBM’s Storage Systems Development lab in Tucson, Arizona where he manages a tape drive development team. He is also responsible for IBM’s Linear Tape File System development and is IBM’s technical representative in the LTO consortium. Ed joined IBM in 1978 and has over 30 years of experience in computer storage technologies starting with floppy disks in the late 70’s, thru HDD and optical storage, to his current responsibilities in magnetic tape storage. He joined the tape development team in 1995 and was a member of IBM’s team creating the open LTO format in the late 90’s. Ed’s recent work has been focused on enabling the use of standard IT storage technologies in media and entertainment through development of the Linear Tape File System.