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Storage Clips: Sun unveils T10000 tape drive

Sun has taken the wraps off its T10000 tape drive, which provides up to 500 GB of capacity on a single cartridge and includes 256-bit encryption.

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Sun rolls out T10000 tape drive
At its user forum in Washington, Sun Microsystems has unveiled its first storage product since the company acquired StorageTek in August. The T10000 tape drive provides a throughput rate of 120 MBps, capacity of up to 500 GB uncompressed -- or 1 terabyte (TB) of compressed data on a single cartridge -- and Fibre Channel and FICON dual-port connectivity. It also includes support for 256-bit encryption. The T10000 delivers a 250% increase in density and 400% increase in throughput speeds over the earlier StorageTek T9940B drive, the company said. Future generations of the T10000 will feature expanded capacity up to 1 TB uncompressed on a single cartridge.

Sun also announced the latest version of the Java Availability Suite that now includes Sun Cluster Geographic Edition (CGE), a multisite disaster recovery product. CGE offers unlimited distance support, use of host and storage-based replication techniques, flexibility in configuring cluster pairs, and a single point of management, the company said.

Hospital picks Data Domain
Children's Hospital Boston, a pediatric medical center, has selected Data Domain appliances and Veritas software for backup and recovery. Children's Hospital Boston is one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the U.S., and is also the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

At present, Children's Hospital has generated nearly 60 TB of data -- ranging from business systems and research to patient records and radiology imaging files. With backup needs growing continuously, tape drives were unable to handle the demand, often malfunctioning, and requiring time-intensive backups and restores. Efforts to use a virtual tape library only compounded the problem, creating administrative headaches and adding complexity to the SAN, the hospital said.

The Data Domain appliances feature capacity optimization -- the ability to compress data by 95% or more -- providing a cost-effective disk-based solution for its growing backup needs, the hospital said.

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