Storage Technology last week announced native Fibre Connection support for its T9840B tape drive.
The T9840 is designed for Enterprise Systems Connection customers who are moving to FICON. ESCON connects mainframe servers to local storage and peripherals, and is limited to 37.3 miles. FICON capability allows twice the throughput and 10 times more distance than ESCON.
The fast-access version with native FICON is expected to be available this month starting at US$38,000 for new customers and $15,000 for conversions to installed T9840B ESCON drives.