Monday, November 27, 2017

Atto XstreamCORE Support for Remote and Shared Access Over Ethernet or FC - To SAS LTO-8 drives

Atto announces support for XstreamCORE storage controllers to add remote FC or Ethernet connectivity to SATA optical disc and SAS LTO tape devices including the newly available LTO-8 tape format. 

XstreamCORE is designed to provide the benefits of remote access to DAS technologies as well as the connection of multiple devices to be shared by multiple clients.

The digital tape market is experiencing new growth and is in a position to more rapidly deliver declining cost for storage over the next decade for archive and cold storage. This is especially true in markets that include HPC, digital video surveillance, media and entertainment, research and education, government agencies, broadcast and cloud service providers, Cloud providers have especially embraced tape as a cost-effective way to handle the growing amount of data being generated and stored in the cloud. Tape is the option that will cost less and last longer over time giving better margins over spinning disk technology. XstreamCORE enables these service providers a more efficient way to add tape and grow capacity in their portfolio of storage options."

XstreamCORE is a rack-scale flash and capacity storage controller that bridges 12Gb and 6Gb SAS storage devices and SATA devices to share and remotely connect them to FC or Ethernet networks. XstreamCORE includes company's developed features including xCORE data acceleration to rapidly move data, the eCORE control engine to add services and management features to storage while not affecting performance, and SpeedWrite, a tape and optical performance feature that boosts write performance by effectively managing commands between attached clients and tape and optical devices.

There are several government regulations such as those promoted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with best practices that require organizations to backup their server data as well as keep it separate from original copies of that data for legal and financial reasons, Atto, "XstreamCORE enables organizations to attach multiple SAS tape or SATA optical devices and move this hardware out of the data center, or out of the building, to secure facilities to comply with these regulations.

By directly being able to connect up to 16 SAS tape drives with the possibility of additional drives being connected through SAS expanders, XstreamCORE enables a lower cost of ownership versus native Ethernet or FC tape devices. Fewer switch ports are required when using XstreamCORE and power, cooling, cabling and weight requirements can be better managed as the firm's controller allows separation of racks of client servers, storage and archive devices. XstreamCORE FC 7500 currently supports connectivity for SAS tape devices and SATA optical devices to FC connected servers or fabrics.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Overland-Tandberg NEO Series Tape Automation and Drive With LTO-8

Overland-Tandberg, announced the availability of next-generation LTO-8 in its NEO Series product line of tape automation and standalone tape drive solutions designed to provide cost-effective backup and archive applications for enterprises of any size.

Support for LTO-8 allows existing customers to double their capacity when compared to LTO-7. In addition, the LTO-8 drives will be backward compatible with LTO-7 tape media, allowing LTO-8 drive users to R/W any LTO-7 media.

NEO Series LTO-8 product highlights:
  • LTO-8 offers a compressed storage capacity of 30TB (12TB native) using a 2.5:1 ratio, and a compressed transfer rate of 750MB/s (360MB/s native)
  • LTO-8 tape, like LTO-7, supports LTFS, WORM (Write Once Read Many) and AES 256-bit hardware encryption
  • NEO-XL Series: With capacities ranging from 960TB to 16.8PB, the NEO-XL Series addresses the need for midrange and enterprise businesses to do more with less by combining automated backup, DR and archive with flexibility, density, performance and affordability to ensure that data is protected faster, smarter, easier and more cost effectively.
  • NEO-S Series: Designed for IT offices with limited space, resources and budgets, this family delivers the ultimate in simple, affordable, reliable backup, archive and DR and supports up to 360TB of data into a single unit of rack height.
  • NEO LTO Ultrium tape drives: With performance and capacity, and available in both internal and external configurations, these tape drives provide up to 30TB per cartridge and are for backing up and archiving data on single workstations or small networks.

IBM Storage Tape Support for LTO-8 Type M Media

Alongside the launch of LTO Ultrium Generation 8 tape drives, IBM plans to introduce multiple options for initializing M8 media to enable new LTO-7 cartridge capacity to be increased by up to 50% on LTO-8 drives. Customers who purchase new LTO-7 cartridges initialized as M8 media will be able to store up to 22.5TB of data, assuming a 2.5 to 1 compression achieved with larger compression history buffer available beginning with LTO-6 drives.