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July 27, 2010

Oracle enhances StorageTek tape storage line

StorageTek LTO-5 tape drives now supported on StorageTek tape libraries

By CBR Staff Writer

Oracle has increased the capacity of its StorageTek SL8500 Modular Library System from 70,000 to 100,000 tape slots and redundant electronics.

The company said that its StorageTek LTO-5 drive coupled with the StorageTek SL8500 Modular Library System offers up to 150 petabytes of native storage capacity managed in a single tape library. StorageTek LTO-5 tape drives, with 1.5 terabytes of capacity, are now supported on StorageTek tape libraries.

Oracle said that its StorageTek tape product line is engineered and supported with Solaris, Enterprise Linux, VM, Exadata V2, Database 11g, Fusion Middleware 11g, Applications, and Sun Servers, as well as by leading third-party mainframe and open systems products.

Ten StorageTek SL8500 Modular Tape libraries can be linked and managed as one scalable 100,000 slot library; and the StorageTek SL8500 Modular Library System offers non-disruptive hot-swappable robotics that also provides redundant electronics and hot-swappable library control cards.

The company claimed that its StorageTek LTO-5 tape drive provides 1.5 terabytes of native capacity and a throughput of 140 megabytes per second, uncompressed, a 90% increase in capacity over LTO-4 drives and a 16 % improvement in overall performance.

Jim Cates, vice president of tape development at Oracle, said: "With today’s announcement, large tape users now have the capacity to accommodate the explosion of data in their organisations.

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"Only Oracle’s StorageTek enterprise tape solutions enable customers to easily scale capacity to upwards of 150 petabytes in one, easy to manage storage system – while systems remain up-and-running."

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