LOUISVILLE, Colo., May 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- StorageTek
(NYSE: STK), the world's most trusted partner for storing and managing
critical business information, today announced several enhancements to its
market-leading StreamLine(TM) SL8500 modular tape library. The enhancements,
which will give customers even more options to archive and protect their
business data, include support for the market's fastest, highest-capacity tape
drive from HP, as well as new options for enterprise environments and a
continued commitment to open standards.
"The StreamLine SL8500 has already been adopted by nearly 400 customers
over the past year, and today's announcement will significantly broaden the
modular tape library's potential customer base," said Jon Benson, vice
president and general manager of the Automated Tape Solutions Group at
StorageTek. "We know that our customers are forced to do more with tighter
budgets, so we are aggressively improving the SL8500 to give them what they
demand -- more storage space, increased performance, higher availability,
online upgrades and superior enterprise-class connectivity and service."
In addition to StorageTek's premier 9840 and 9940 enterprise tape drives,
the StreamLine SL8500 now supports the mid-range market's fastest
tape drive -- HP's third-generation Linear Tape-Open(TM) (LTO(R)) Ultrium
(LTO-3). The HP LTO-3 Ultrium, which will begin shipping in the SL8500 in
June, offers write-once, read-many (WORM) functionality that customers are
demanding to more cost effectively address growing compliance requirements.
With 400GB uncompressed capacity, the LTO-3 doubles the capacity of the
LTO-2, and its 80MB/sec data transfer rate more than doubles the performance
of the LTO-2.
In addition to being available with the StreamLine SL8500, the LTO-3 tape
drive is currently available and shipping on StorageTek's legacy L180, L700e
and L1400M tape libraries.
Additional StreamLine SL8500 Enhancements for the Enterprise Market
In addition to the expanded tape-drive support, the StreamLine(TM) SL8500
offers enterprise customers even more technology, software and standards
* Virtual Storage Manager(R) (VSM(R)) and SL8500 support: Mainframe
customers have attached VSM capabilities to maximize tape-cartridge
capacity, resulting in more efficient use of tape drives, increased
productivity and lower management costs. StorageTek now offers SL8500
customers an upgraded version of VSM that provides near-continuous
operations that let customers change tape drives dynamically without
* Pass-Thru Ports: With its unique StreamLine(TM) RealTime Growth(TM)
capability, customers can grow and add performance, for applications
other than archives, to their SL8500 environment via pass-thru ports.
Real-time addition of more drives, slots and robots to an existing
SL8500 can be achieved via two to 32 pass-thru ports without
interrupting the continuous operation of the library.
* Host Software Component (HSC) Library Management Software Support/NCO:
StorageTek recently introduced its Host Software Component (HSC)
library management software version 6.1, designed to enable the
management of StorageTek's automated tape libraries in MVS
environments. Working with this enhanced software, StorageTek's SL8500
permits Near Continuous Operations (NCO) support so that customers can
dynamically add or remove library panels of additional slots, more tape
drives and even more libraries to an existing system.
* Common Information Model (CIM) Support: Underscoring the company's
commitment to open storage management standards, StorageTek recently
announced its statement of direction to support the Common Information
Model (CIM) and Storage Management Information (SMI) specification for
Storage Area Network (SAN)-based storage management. CIM has been
endorsed by the Storage Network Industry Association (SNIA) as the
technology that will enable simplified multi-vendor management of
storage networks. As an active participant in SNIA's CIM Storage Media
Library (SML) technical working group for tape library storage,
StorageTek has been a contributor to the standards that will provide
industry wide benefits to large and small businesses. General
availability of the StorageTek CIM Provider for libraries and ACSLS
software environments is expected by mid-2005.
Customers Value the StreamLine SL8500's Reliability and Scalability
Customers who are protecting and archiving their business data with the
StreamLine SL8500 include SARA Computing and Networking Services, Infocamere,
SARA Computing and Networking Services, an advanced IT service center that
offers a complete package of high-performance, network and infrastructure
services, uses the StreamLine SL8500 for back-up and data migration.
"Our High-Performance Computing (HPC) product portfolio consists of the
national Supercomputer TERAS/ASTER and several other supercomputers with a
variety of architectures," said Eric Heemskerk, business development manager
at SARA Computing and Networking Services. "To manage the ferociously
expanding amount of data generated by these supercomputers, we needed a
storage solution that was not only robust, but also technically superior. The
SL8500 will not only help accommodate the future growth of our data center,
but also provides us with an extremely scalable solution, which is ideal for
consolidating many of the smaller libraries of our customers. It also enables
our company to ensure our high-value data is well-protected, yet easily
accessible, at a much lower cost." Infocamere, which operates the national
data system linking Italy's 103 Chambers of Commerce and 300 branch offices,
uses the StreamLine(TM) SL8500 to manage the increased flow of data running
through its business.
"The increase in size of our business caused our data to grow tremendously
and accelerated our need to archive and protect, causing storage management
problems," said Roberto Fontanella, head of operating support architecture,
network and services at Infocamere. "Using the SL8500, we've consolidated our
data from six libraries to one, with mixed media supporting different
operating systems. With the help of StorageTek's SL8500, we've been able to
save and protect our investments and simplify infrastructure management".
Sergio Bernardi, the head of systems management at Cineca, an
inter-university consortium in Italy, said, "The success of our services
depends on effectively storing and accessing large amounts of data necessary
to the scientific research of the 24 universities in our consortium. The
SL8500 provides us with the ideal solution to manage our information at a
lower cost. It also offers unmatched consolidation capabilities, high
availability, performance and scalability -- all without taking up much data
StorageTek (Storage Technology Corp.) (NYSE: STK) is a $2 billion global
company that utilizes its information lifecycle management strategy to help
businesses align the cost of storage with the value of their information. The
company's innovative storage solutions manage the complexity and growth of
information, lower costs, improve efficiency and protect investments. For
more information, visit www.storagetek.com or call 1.800.877.9220.
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