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26 May 2014
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Validating Petabytes of Data with Regularity and Thoroughness [36636]
by Brian Zents

Brian writes, "When former Intel CEO Andy Grove said 'only the paranoid survive,' he wasn't necessarily talking about tape storage administrators, but it's a lesson they've learned well. After all, tape storage is the last line of defense to prevent data loss, so tape administrators are extra cautious in making sure their data is secure. Not surprisingly, we are often asked for ways to validate tape media and the files on them.

In the past, an administrator could validate the media, but doing so was often tedious or disruptive or both. The debut of the Data Integrity Validation (DIV) and Library Media Validation (LMV) features in the Oracle T10000C drive helped eliminate many of these pains. Also available with the Oracle T10000D drive, these features use hardware-assisted CRC checks that not only ensure the data is written correctly the first time, but also do so much more efficiently..."
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07 Apr 2014
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Oracle StorageTek Tape Drive Achieves FIPS 140-2 Validation [35736]
FIPS 140-2 is a public sector procurement requirement in both the US and Canada for any product claiming or providing encryption

Oracle announced that the Oracle StorageTek T10000C Tape Drive (Firmware version: 1.57.308 and Hardware Part Number: 7054185) has achieved a FIPS 140-2 validation with overall compliance at Level 1 of the standard. Conformance with the FIPS 140-2 standard provides assurance to government and industry purchasers that products are correctly implementing cryptographic functions as the FIPS 140-2 standard specifies.

FIPS 140-2 is a public sector procurement requirement in both the United States and Canada for any product claiming or providing encryption.
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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/SearchStorage.com "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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