An appliance for data replication and mirroring and a new modular tape library have led a series of releases supporting StorageTek's information lifecycle management (ILM) strategy.
Announced at the StorageTek Forum 2003 in San Diego, MirrorStore is a storage area network (San) appliance to improve flexibility and performance through integrating mixed vendor system environments.
It includes disk to disk back-up, central storage management, consolidation, disaster recovery and business continuity capabilities.
The StreamLine SL8500 modular tape library system likewise provides a mix of interfaces to consolidate output from different computing environments.
MirrorStore works in conjunction with StorageTek's D-Series and B-Series BladeStore disk subsystems to provide tiered storage, and complements the firm's EchoView continuous 'windowless' back-up and recovery appliance.
StorageTek's online solutions general manager, Pierre Cousin, said MirrorStore played a key role in the company's ILM strategy by letting customers create a secondary copy of critical information to protect against system failure or disaster.
"[Customers] can also leverage innovative disk technologies like BladeStore into their existing storage environments as a way of protecting more data online," he added.
The StreamLine SL8500 library will attach to mainframes, Unix, Linux and Windows, and supports StorageTek T9x40 tape drives, Linear Tape Open 2 and Super Digital Linear Tape 600 formats.
With multiple robot arms and hot-swappable components, the SL8500 provides about 1,500 cartridge slots and the capacity to grow to 200,000 via a 'pass-through-port' capability.
The library uses four robots which will all operate at once, dramatically improving throughput on earlier libraries.
If one robot fails it has an auxiliary motor which can be used to move it to a service area where it can be repaired or replaced while the other robots continue to work.
This means that everything is redundant, and supporting very high availability. A later release will go to eight robots, and further models will be announced during 2004.
Other announcements made by StorageTek include:
- A native ESCON (fibre channel) interface for StorageTek's T9840C tape drive, allowing it to be used in its automated tape library systems and IBM z/OS and z/VM mainframe environments.
- Addition of serial ATA disks and the two B250 2GB blade array module for its BladeStore disk family.
- StorageTek V2Xf Shared Virtual Array addition to its V-Series virtual disk storage systems, which also now offers FICON fibre channel connectivity for mainframes.
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