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Vol. 6 No. 8 October 2007

Sony retires first-generation SAIT

From his vantage point as general manager of New York City-based Broadway Video Digital Media, a service bureau that converts tapes and video to files for its clients, Dirk Van Dall could see the proverbial writing on the wall. Like many users and resellers of SAIT (Sony Electronics' proprietary half-inch tape format), he wasn't surprised when Sony announced it would stop shipping the product this month. "LTO-3 is really hard to beat, particularly if they can get the density up to 800[GB]," says Van Dall. "We'll support anyone who has it [SAIT-1]. But we haven't spec'd it for a while." Van Dall is one of many SAIT-1 users who began phasing it out before Sony did. The network library at National Lampoon, the multimedia comedy company, was using SAIT, but Van Dall's company had National Lampoon's data migrated off SAIT a while back. Now, he says, LTO-3 is a common choice for many clients. "It's about speed, price and uptake on their drives," says Van Dall. "For legacy users, LTO-3 has much faster search rates." With clients like ...

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Features in this issue

  • Storage still lacks energy metrics

  • Top 10 tips of the summer of 2006

    by Staff

    Storage, security and open source were the front runners in our tally of the Top 10 SMB tips for the summer of 2006.

  • How useful are storage benchmarks?

    Most storage vendors like to tout how well their gear performed on benchmark tests, but the results may not always be as they first appear. The benchmarking process can be easily manipulated because of the large number of variables that influence performance results. To level the playing field, test results need to be categorized by product type, configuration standards need to be defined for each category and vendors must strictly adhere to the configurations.

Columns in this issue

  • Storage Bin: Leaving you in good hands

    It's time for a changing of the guard for the Storage Bin column. Steve Duplessie, whose witty and perceptive insights have graced Storage magazine from day one, is stepping aside to make room for ESG's Tony Asaro to take up residency on our end page.