StorageTek unveils New Wares

Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek) last month 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 10MB/sec.and cartridges that store up to 60GB, the company said in a statement. The T9940 is undergoing customer testing and will be available before the end of October. Pricing starts at US$33,500.

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 US$250 per VolSafe cartridge, which holds 20GB of uncompresssed, protected data.

StorageTek also announced new capabilities and enhancements to its Shared Virtual Array SVA9500, which will be made available this month, 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 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.