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03 Apr 2014
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StorageTek Tape Analytics 2.0 [35614]
next generation of Oracle's StorageTek Monitoring Software

Oracle has announced the availability of the second generation of StorageTek Tape Analytics. With StorageTek Tape Analytics 2.0 software, Oracle is creating solutions to proactively manage and monitor digital tape library environments. Now, administrators to executives have access to the data they need when they need it to make informed decisions to improve the performance of their StorageTek hardware.

Key Features in StorageTek Tape Analytics 2.0

  • Automated Library Media Validation
  • Capacity & Performance Graphs and Charts
  • Customized Dashboards
  • Executive Reports
  • New Hardware Monitored: Robots, CAPs, PTPs and Elevators
  • Logical Asset Grouping
  • Email Alerts
  • Mobile Browser Support

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19 Mar 2014
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What's the #1 Ranked Tape Library? [35396]
SL8500 is DCIG Selection

Chris Ilg, Storage Product Marketing at Oracle, writes, "Having been working in the IT industry for 27 years, I've seen my share of outrageous vendor claims. In fact, it is one my biggest pet peeves about our industry. How many times have you seen XYZ vendor claiming their solution is 'industry leading', 'best-in-class', 'world class' or 'leading edge' without providing any empirical evidence to back up that claim ...

That's why I'm proud to say that DCIG, whose tagline is 'empowering the IT industry with actionable analysis,' recently ranked #1 the Oracle StorageTek SL8500 enterprise tape library in their 2014 Big Data Tape Library Buyer's Guide. According to DCIG ..."
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23 Jan 2014
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StorageTek T10000D Wins Industry Awards [34575]
At Storage Visions 2014

Oracle announced that the "Oracle's StorageTek T10000D tape drive has been declared the WINNER in the "Visionary Professional Media & Entertainment Class Archive Storage" category at Storage Visions 2014.

These awards recognize companies advancing the state of the art in storage technologies utilized in consumer electronics, the media and entertainment industries, visionary products for the digital content value chain and digital storage media and entertainment end users.

But it's not finished yet!

StorageTek T10000D tape drive is finalist as Storage Magazine/ "Product of the Year 2013 Award" for backup hardware. Let's wait for the results in February 2014..."
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13 Jan 2014
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StorageTek Linear Tape File System [34474]
Library Edition for SL150

Oracle has announced the expansion of its LTFS library support to include the StorageTek SL150 modular tape library. This announcement also introduces a new price point that is better suited for the small business and mid-range archive markets.

Customer Benefits of StorageTek LTFS-LE:

  • Lower Storage Costs - Expanded support for the only scalable entry tape library, the StorageTek SL150 modular tape library.

  • Simplified File Management - Exposes a standard file system interface that enables users drag and drop files between disk and tape.

  • Improved File Access - Transports files between workstations, data centers and 3rd parties without the need for expensive backup or archiving software.

Details on the Oracle Tape Storage page.
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03 Dec 2013
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StorageTek T10000D FICON [33906]
Combines world-record capacity and performance with three generations of proven enterprise-class reliability

Oracle announced the FICON version of its StorageTek T10000D tape drive, which combines world-record capacity and performance with three generations of proven enterprise-class reliability. This powerful combination enables mass consolidation of tape storage environments into fewer cartridges, tape drives, and libraries for significantly less total cost of ownership (TCO) than IBM TS1140 and LTO6.

Customer Benefits:

  • Reduce TCO by 40% vs. IBM TS1140 - Store 1 PB in the SL3000 for a list price of $162,354 with T10000D or $268,477 with TS1140 in IBM TS3500
  • Best Investment Protection - Media Reuse increases maximum capacity of existing T10000C-written media from 5.5 TB to 8.5 TB and reads T10000A, T10000B, & T10000C-written media
  • Highest capacity - up to 8.5 TB Native Capacity
  • Highest Data Transfer Rate - 252 MB/sec (uncompressed) or up to 800 MB/sec (compressed)

See the "Tape Solutions" page for details.
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28 Oct 2013
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Disk-pushers, get reel: Even GOOGLE relies on tape [33453]
Tape is back in the ring

Chris Mellor from The Registers writes, "Tape has spent some time on the ropes, but now it's back in the ring. After suffering five or more years of onslaught from pro-disk fanatics drunk on disk deduplication technologies, reality has struck home. Tape is cheaper than disk*. Tape is more reliable than disk and, the killer, tape's storage capacity can go on increasing for years.

In fact, IBM is currently preparing to demonstrate a near-40X improvement on LTO-6 capacity, while the rate of disk capacity increase is much slower.

Tape is the only storage medium that can confidently say it can keep up with the growing amounts transactions, images, music, plus compliance needs, social media conversations and machine-to-machine messages that are being thrown at our IT systems. Sure, store it on flash and disk when it's hot but bleed it off to tape when it's old and cold and can't be thrown away..."
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