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14 Jan 2013
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Two New Tape Drives for StorageTek SL8500 and SL3000 Tape Libraries [29279]
StorageTek LTO 6 Tape Drives Feature Fibre Channel Connectivity

Oracle has announced the availability of StorageTek LTO 6 Tape Drives with Fibre Channel connectivity for its StorageTek SL8500 and SL3000 Tape Libraries. With these drives, customers can enjoy both the latest generation of LTO midrange tape drive technology and the industry’s highest capacity enterprise tape drive, Oracle’s StorageTek T10000C. Furthermore, with LTO 6 now supported in the StorageTek SL8500 enterprise tape library, Oracle offers the most scalable LTO tape solution available. For maximum flexibility Oracle StorageTek enterprise tape library customers can mix and match StorageTek LTO tape drives and StorageTek T10000 series enterprise tape drives in the same tape library.
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20 Dec 2012
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StorageTek SL150 wins Best Business Storage at V3 Technology Awards 2012 [28987]
Oracle Is Named Best Business Intelligence Vendor

One of the winners of the V3 Technology Awards 2012 was Oracle's StorageTek SL150 modular tape library, which was named by readers as the Best Business Storage product, and Oracle itself was named Best Business Intelligence Vendor.
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10 Dec 2012
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StorageTek LTO 6 Tape Drives Now Available in StorageTek SL3000 and SL8500 Tape Libraries [28800]
Offer Higher Capacity, Better Performance, Investment Protection

StorageTek LTO 6 tape drives are now available in the StorageTek SL3000 and SL8500 modular tape libraries. This addition enables the following enhancements:

  • Higher Capacity: StorageTek LTO 6 drives have the ability to write 2.5 TB of native data to one LTO 6 cartridge, a 66% improvement over StorageTek LTO 5

  • Better Performance: StorageTek LTO 6 drive performance is 160 MB/sec (uncompressed), 14% faster than LTO 5

  • Investment Protection - StorageTek LTO 6 drives are backward read and write compatible to earlier generations for existing LTO customers
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25 Oct 2012
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Oracle Announces StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager 6 [28188]
Delivers 2x the Performance, More than 1.8x the Total Disk Capacity of Previous Generations

Oracle's StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager 6, the first and only mainframe virtual tape storage system to provide a single point of management for the entire system that leverages the security of the mainframe environment, is now available. The system delivers 2x the performance and more than 1.8x the total disk capacity of the previous generation, scaling on-demand to over 640 petabytes in a dense, energy efficient data center footprint that helps lower total cost of ownership (TCO). The impact of disk rebuilds is minimized by use of a unique triple parity RAID architecture throughout the system.
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22 Oct 2012
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With LTFS, Tape Is Gaining Storage Ground [28124]
Chris Mellor Sees a Bright Future for Tape

"Tape lives," Chris Mellor proclaims in his article "Tape vendors thrust LTFS tool at punters" in The Register. Mellor observes that data lives in a spectrum with flash storage taking over from tape at the fast access end and disk storage gaining ground at the cold data, slow access need end.

Tape as a long-term data storage medium is far more cost-effective than disk, he contends, even deduped disk. With Linear Tape File System (LTFS), tape presents a gigantic backup and archive resource for users who require easy access to huge datasets too large for disk.
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20 Oct 2012
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Watch the Google Datacenter Street View Tour [28102]
See SL8500 Tape Libraries at Work, Providing Backup Reliability

Now you can explore a Google data center with Street View, a 1.46 minute overview that gives you an insider's glimpse at what goes on beyond those particular closed doors. You will see some Oracle solutions at work inside the walls.

The SL8500 can grow to hold 542,000,000 GB in 100,880 carts @ 5,500 GB/cart (T10000C). That's 180,667 x 3 TB disks of capacity. With 640 drives @ 252 MB/sec, the SL8500 can write 553,700 GB/hr.
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