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14 Feb 2011
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Evaluating Tape Drive Performance [23911]
Looking at Host Interface Speed Alone Is Not Enough

"Evaluating Tape Drive Performance" is an Oracle white paper that discusses the total performance of a tape drive, and how it should be evaluated to determine which drive provides the best performance solution. The paper cautions against selecting a new tape drive system on the criterion of host interface speed alone. The speed of the storage application in sending data to, or processing data from, the drive, and the speed at which the tape drive writes or reads data at the head/media interface are also vital considerations, it maintains. Oracle, the white paper asserts, is focused on delivering storage solutions rooted in true customer applications. By focusing on native drive performance, and doubling throughput on the newest StorageTek T10000 tape drive, Oracle is solving a real customer problem, the white paper concludes.
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08 Feb 2011
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Measuring the TCO of Tape Storage Solutions [23896]
An Oracle White Paper March 2010 (PFD, 29 Pages)

"Measuring the TCO of Tape Storage Solutions" is a tutorial that presents a framework and financial methodology to use in determining whether to adopt a proposed tape storage approach to enterprise storage needs, replacing the legacy tape systems still in place in so many installations.

Both the framework and methodology are illustrated by reference to an illustrative business case that considers each of the value drivers contributing to the cost of the legacy implementation. The examination then uses aggregate analysis of the value drivers to calculate the discounted total cost of ownership (TCO) savings: the difference in TCO between the status quo and proposed solutions. And, finally, additional financial measures further evaluate whether it is in the enterprise’s financial interest to replace the status quo solution with a proposed tape storage solution.
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07 Feb 2011
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Lowering Storage Costs with the World's Fastest Tape Drive [23886]
An Oracle White Paper on the StorageTek T10000C

A welcome entry on the tape storage stage is the Oracle StorageTek T10000C Tape Drive, which features native capacity of five terabytes and native throughput of 240 MB per second. Given the relentless pressures on administrators to provide cost-effective archival and backup solutions, the T10000C has arrived just in time. "Lowering Storage Costs with the World's Fastest Tape Drive," an Oracle white paper, calls the StorageTek T10000C " ... the world's fastest, highest capacity enterprise tape drive," capable of delivering the lowest total cost of ownership.
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03 Feb 2011
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StorageTek T10000C Tape Drive [23885]
5 TB native capacity and 240 MB/second native throughput

With a 5 TB native capacity and 240 MB/second native throughput, the StorageTek T10000C offers more than 3x the capacity and is 50 to 70 percent faster than any other tape drive, including the LT0-5 and the IBM TS1130. Compared to disk-only solutions from EMC, Oracle's StorageTek solution scales to 30x the capacity and 50x the performance, while requiring 99 percent less power and cooling. This increased capacity and throughput helps customers reduce the costs of enterprise storage while providing the fastest backup and archive solutions available today.

Oracle's StorageTek tape storage solutions are the first to scale to an exabyte (1000 PB with 2:1 compression) to handle the world's largest archive and long-term backup requirements.

Oracle's StorageTek tiered storage solutions incorporate the advantages of both disk and tape, and deliver the most scalable, cost-efficient, and energy-efficient storage solutions for heterogeneous data protection, consolidation, archiving and cloud environments.
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27 Oct 2010
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Oracle Announces StorageTek Virtual Library Extension (VLE) [23631]
Offers 2x More Disk Scalability, 5x More Availability than IBM's Mainframe Solutions

Oracle's new StorageTek Virtual Library Extension (VLE) is the industry’s first highly scalable second tier of disk storage that optimizes tape processing in mainframe environments. The VLE delivers two times the disk scalability of IBM's mainframe tape solutions to boost performance and accommodate growing workloads and five times the availability. Oracle's press release notes that VLE is the only mainframe solution that offers a completely integrated three-tier approach to storage (FC disk, SAS disk and tape) in a single solution that simplifies management and provides better performance at a lower cost than offerings from other vendors.
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21 Oct 2010
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U of Michigan Health System Selects Oracle’s StorageTek Tape Libraries [23596]
Secure, Scalable Infrastructure Deployed

To securely archive and protect growing amounts of clinical and diagnostic patient data, the University of Michigan Health System has deployed two Oracle StorageTek SL8500 Modular Library Systems. Oracle's press release says, using the StorageTek SL8500 Modular Library Systems, the University of Michigan Health System is able to archive more than 30 terabytes of compressed data (2.5 to 1) per year with scalable capacity to handle an expected 20-30 percent increase in data year over year.
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