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12 Jun 2014
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The Emergence of a New Architecture for Long-term Data Retention [36864]
By David Floyer

"The combination of tape and flash, for large objects/files, is going to offer not only lower costs, but also much higher performance than spinning disk-based alternatives. This changes the dynamics of storage for long-term data retention and so-called big data lakes. The key to this approach will be surfacing metadata, currently buried on tape cartridges, to a flash layer that can signal the location of desired data on the tape. Combined with linear tape file system technology, we believe this approach will deliver better business value for the right use cases.

This contrarian view is a function of: 1) Lack of investment in high speed disk technology, specifically head tech; 2) The far better bandwidth improvements capable with tape relative to spinning disk and 3) The economics of flash relative to disk.

This forecast is not without risks..."
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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/ "Product of the Year 2013 Award" for backup hardware. Let's wait for the results in February 2014..."
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