Storagetek customers now have more connectivity options

FORUM 2003, SAN DIEGO., Oct. 28, 2003 - Today's enterprise-class data centre managers constantly face the challenge of having to do more with less. Thanks to StorageTek® (Storage Technology Corporation, NYSE:STK), their jobs are now easier.

StorageTek, the storage services and solutions expert, is introducing a native ESCON interface for its T9840C tape drive. The ESCON interface allows customers to use the drive in z/OS (MVS) environments and StorageTek automated tape library systems. The drives double the capacity of previous T9840 drives, achieve industry-leading data access speeds and provide ultra-reliable data protection.

Building on the success of StorageTek's market-leading Virtual Storage Manager(tm) (VSM(tm)) system, StorageTek offers its T9840C for fast-access use with VSM. The T9840C brings the advantage of doubling the capacity on 9840 media. StorageTek also offers its T9940B tape drives for use with VSM. The T9940B brings the highest capacity cartridge of any drive with a virtual storage solution. Used together or separately, these two drives reduce costs by reducing media and library slot requirements.

"Our ability to anticipate our connectivity needs and help them maximise the power and value of their data storage infrastructures is a key component to StorageTek's Information Lifecycle Management(tm) strategy," said Gary Francis, corporate vice president and general manager, Automated Tape Solutions, StorageTek. "By expanding our tape drive connectivity offerings to enable seamless integration in mainframe environments, our customers can now deploy the most advanced, reliable drives and libraries available today to protect and manage their data."

"Today's enterprises require intelligent storage solutions that integrate seamlessly with all flavors of computing platforms, from open systems to the mainframe," said Fara Yale, Research vice president, Gartner. "Introducing new connectivity options for tape drives is one way that a vendor can help its customers optimise their storage infrastructures to meet their unique needs."

"CA's BrightStor solutions enable customers to take full advantage of the flexibility of StorageTek's newly enhanced T-Series tape drives by providing end-to-end manageability of their interconnected data centre storage environments," said Ed Cooper, director of product marketing for CA's BrightStor solutions. "CA and StorageTek will continue working together to help customers address their needs for increased capacity, performance and operational efficiency."

"StorageTek's ESCON-attach T9840C tape drives allow mainframe computing environments to keep pace with their high capacity and fast-access tape storage needs," said Thomas J. Meehan, vice president of Advanced Technology, INNOVATION Data Processing, an independent software vendor and provider of non-disruptive business protection and enterprise storage management solutions. "By supporting StorageTek's T9840C tape drives with our FDR Storage Management Solution Suite, we are helping customers to maintain a viable business continuity and data protection solution as Internet and real-time e-Business applications drive up their mainframe z/OS, Linux, UNIX, Windows and LAN server data storage."

Both the T9840C and T9940B drives feature StorageTek's proprietary VolSafe® advanced WORM (Write-Once-Read-Many) technology designed to support today's stringent electronic data storage regulatory mandates.

Further extending its leadership in tape drive connectivity, StorageTek introduced a native FICON interface for its T9840B tape drive last summer. The company plans to introduce native FICON interfaces for its T9840C and capacity-centric T9940B tape drives in the first half of 2004. With native FICON connectivity, customers in mainframe environments can achieve significant data throughput gains and greater cabling distances for data transmission to offsite data centres for business continuity and disaster recovery applications.

Abi Holdaway
Kirsty Whitehead
Hill & Knowlton
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