Storagetek Expands BladeStore Family

New SATA-based Architecture and Enhanced BladeStore B250 Unveiled

Offerings Flexibly Meet Storage and Protection Requirements from Entry-Level to Enterprise

FORUM 2003, SAN DIEGO - Oct. 28, 2003 - Prior to the introduction of StorageTek's BladeStore, IT managers were faced with a critical gap for advanced data protection or fixed content data storage in their IT infrastructures. Today the future looks a lot brighter.

Due to expanding customer demand for flexible disk storage solutions, StorageTek® (Storage Technology Corporation, NYSE:STK), the storage services and solutions expert, today unveiled plans to offer serial ATA (SATA)-based solutions as part of its premier BladeStore disk product family. In addition, the company introduced the B250 two-gigabit blade array module for integration within its existing BladeStore architecture.

"The introduction of BladeStore in October 2002 launched a new category of disk storage solutions designed to deliver enterprise-class performance, reliability and high-data availability at a cost of ownership that is much lower than traditional primary disk storage solutions," said Pierre Cousin, StorageTek vice president and general manager of Online Solutions. "We are committed to delivering enhancements to our BladeStore product family that enable our customers to intelligently grow their storage infrastructures and leverage StorageTek's Information Lifecycle Management (tm) strategy to achieve first-class storage management and data protection. By expanding our BladeStore family across both ATA and SATA-based architectures, we can offer our customers greater flexibility and value for their disk storage investments."

"In today's business environment, IT managers are challenged to meet their Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and protect their critical data while grappling with significant budget and resource constraints," said Ron Johnson, Senior Partner, Evaluator Group. "With the latest enhancements to BladeStore, StorageTek has demonstrated its commitment to providing its customers with the right disk storage solution that matches price performance to application requirements to give them innovative and cost effective alternatives to store and protect their data and manage future storage growth."

The first in the BladeStore disk family to incorporate SATA, BladeStore/B200, marks an important expansion of StorageTek's BladeStore product family. The BladeStore family is designed to offer customers the widest possible selection of disk arrays and controllers to match their specific storage needs with the most appropriate storage solution. The BladeStore/B200 scales to 56TB, but it is ideally suited for customers who need a lower capacity, general purpose, entry-level disk array and want greater granularity when scaling capacity. The B250 offers customers a high capacity per footprint alternative to disk-to-disk-to-tape backup and recovery.

Customers seeking to leverage SATA-based storage as a cost-effective alternative to traditional Fibre Channel and SCSI-based disk solutions can also use StorageTek's BladeStore/B200 to better align their storage requirements and capacity needs with the right media. With the new BladeStore/B200, customers will have a lower cost for online storage alternative to address primary storage applications where high I/O performance and storage density are not key requirements, and for general-purpose secondary storage applications.

Both B200 and B250 customers can leverage SANtricity Storage Manager. SANtricity Storage Manager software provides a centralised, easy-to-use management interface that enables a robust suite of administration, configuration and data replication features. To enhance centralised storage management, SANtricity delivers a common management platform across all of StorageTek's D-Series(tm) primary disk and BladeStore disk offerings, reducing the administrative learning curve and total cost of managed storage. With the B250, StorageTek has introduced new functionality via the latest version of SANtricity Storage Manager software (version 8.46) to enable internal volume copy and persistent group reservations for increased data protection.


StorageTek's SATA-based B200 storage system will be generally available worldwide in Q1 2004. StorageTek's ATA-based B150 and B250 storage systems are available to customers worldwide today. Training and support are available from StorageTek Global Professional Services and StorageTek-certified service partners.

Abi Holdaway
Kirsty Whitehead
Hill & Knowlton
+44 (0) 207 413 3716
+44 (0) 207 413 3043

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