Oracle Enhances Tape Storage Product Line with High Availability and Capacity Capabilities

Extending its leadership in the enterprise tape market, Oracle announced high availability and capacity enhancements to its StorageTek tape libraries and drives. New features of the StorageTek SL8500 Modular Library System include an increase in scalable capacity from 70,000 to 100,000 tape slots and redundant electronics to help customers manage growth, increase availability and reduce risk.

With the StorageTek SL8500 Modular Library System, 10 StorageTek SL8500 Modular Tape libraries can be linked and managed as one massively-scalable 100,000 slot library, reducing complexity while boosting capacity to five times that of other enterprise tape libraries. According to Oracle, it is also the only tape library with non-disruptive hot-swappable robotics that also provides redundant electronics and hot-swappable library control cards. These new features maximize availability by providing automatic failover capabilities that are transparent to host applications.

In support of simplified management, the Storage Tek SL8500 Modular Tape Library System enables superior tape consolidation across multiple, heterogeneous system environments with on-line service and upgrades and per-slot mixing of media so storage administrators can spend less time managing islands of storage.

Additionally, Oracle's StorageTek LTO-5 tape drives, which provide 1.5 terabytes of native capacity, are now available, and supported, on StorageTek tape libraries. Oracle says the StorageTek LTO-5 drive coupled with the StorageTek SL8500 Modular Library System makes it the first enterprise tape automation vendor to offer up to 150 petabytes of native storage capacity managed in a single tape library - more than a 100% increase in total system capacity.

"Being able to scale to 150 petabytes with up to 100,000 tape slots under the management of a single library is a significant advantage for customers who are dealing with explosive data growth, as many companies are today," Tom Wultich, director of product management for tape at Oracle, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "This enables companies to scale as their data requirements grow while also minimizing management complexity. This level of massive, yet seamless scalability is an example of why a storage administrator can manage significantly more data on tape than on disk. With Oracle's StorageTek SL85000 Modular Library system customers get the extreme cost savings not only through the lower cost per GB and eco-efficiency of tape but they also realize management resource savings."

StorageTek tape libraries and drives are designed to help customers with heterogeneous data protection, consolidation and long-term data preservation. The StorageTek tape product line is engineered and supported with Oracle Solaris, Oracle Enterprise Linux, Oracle VM, Oracle Exadata V2, Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g, Oracle Applications, and Oracle's Sun Servers, as well as by third-party mainframe and open systems products.

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