StorageTek Announces Raft of New Wares, Upgrades

Storage Technology (StorageTek) on Tuesday at its Forum 2000 conference in Toronto announced a slate of new products, including a new tape drive series and what the company claims to be the first and only non-erasable, non-rewritable tape-based storage technology.

The new tape drive series is StorageTek's T9940, which offers data at 10M bytes per second and cartridges that store up to 60G bytes, the company said in a statement. The T9940 is undergoing customer testing and will be available before the end of October. Pricing starts at $US33,500.

StorageTek also introduced VolSafe cartridges. The cartridge works on StorageTek 9840 tape drives and possess a Write Once/Read Many (WORM) feature to protect records for audits and other legal reasons, StorageTek said in a statement. It is designed for the financial industry, medical records firms and manufacturing record-keeping departments.

Volsafe is available now and it costs $US250 per VolSafe cartridge, which holds 20G bytes of uncompresssed, protected data.

StorageTek also announced new capabilities and enhancements to its Shared Virtual Array SVA9500, which will be made available in November, and to the Virtual Power Suite. StorageTek SVA9500 upgrades will allow as much as 180 per cent improvement in open systems and up to 75 per cent improvement in mainframe environments, expand storage capacity to 3.87T bytes and increase operating system performance of Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Solaris, Hewlett-Packard Co.'s HP-UX, IBM Corp.'s AIX, Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 and Novell Inc.'s Netware 5.0.

Some of the other announcements from StorageTek Tuesday included:

-- The release of its StorageNet 6000 (SN6000) series of storage domain managers, part of a family of virtual SAN (storage area network) products. The SN6000 series, which is available immediately, enables enterprises to consolidate their storage assets across all their open systems hosts and applications.

-- The announcement of the latest version of its Virtual Storage Manager system -- VSM3. The software aids in optimizing total storage capacity, throughput, availability and utilization. The VSM3 is in final customer testing and is planned for general availability in early December.

-- The announcement that it is now a mySAP.com Global Technology Partner and plans to develop storage solutions that connect with mySAP.com business technology, as well as StorageTek's virtual storage, open SAN ( Storage Area Network) and tape automation technology.

-- The announcement of a business-to-business Web portal to expand StorageTek's customer service and channel support capabilities.

Storage Technology Corp., based in Louisville, Colorado, can be found on the Web at http://www.storagetek.com.

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