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IBM upgrades tape and archive range

New solutions and enhancements to storage portfolio for IBM

The new solutions are the product of IBM's annual $6 billion R&D spend, says Truskowski.
The new solutions are the product of IBM's annual $6 billion R&D spend, says Truskowski.

IBM has announced a raft of new and improved solutions in its tape storage, archiving and de-duplication solutions.

The new additions will help meet the growing demand for storage capacity worldwide, which IDC says will continue to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 49.8% from 2009-2014.

Among the new solutions is the IBM System Storage TS3500 Tape Library, which uses a new, IBM-developed shuttle technology to connect up to 15 tape libraries, to provide over 2.7 exabytes of automated storage, the largest capacity tape library available today.

IBM also announced the IBM System Storage TS1140 Tape Drive, which uses up to 64% less energy and can deliver up to 80% more max throughput performance than a comparable Oracle drive, and the IBM Linear Tape File System Library Edition (LTFS LE), to index, search, retrieve and share data stored on Generation 5 LTO tape, an open tape storage format.

Among the product enhancements revealed is doubling the throughput for the Scale-out Network Attached Storage (SONAS) system, which also has faster response times and support for commonly used anti-virus solutions and support for the NDMP open standard protocol; improvements to the IBM Information Archive for Email, Files and eDiscovery, a pre-installed, pre-configured archiving solution; and new and enhanced tape virtualization offerings for mainframe or open storage environments.

 “As part of its $6 billion annual investment in R&D, IBM continues to develop innovative storage technologies for smarter computing,” said Brian Truskowski, general manager, IBM System Storage and Networking. “The data protection and retention solutions IBM is announcing today provide clients with a comprehensive approach to protecting and accessing their most valuable asset - their data.”