Anyone who thinks corporate-compliance and record-retention regulations
aren’t wagging the dogs needs a reality check. In many cases, rules such as
HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley are driving new standards and technologies for data
encryption and archiving.
IBM today introduced tape storage drives based on the recently passed Linear
Tape Open (LTO) Generation 4 standard, incorporating tape-encryption tools
from its System Storage TS1120 tape drive.
The resulting integration allows the devices to compress and encrypt data
with little or no impingement of the drive’s performance.
This is a key accomplishment because customers demand the added safeguard of
encryption — which renders information unreadable by anyone but the key
manager — but who don’t want the drive’s ability to sock away or retrieve data
Pulling for tape.
Despite rumors of its demise in favor of disk, tape storage is still a
highly valued medium for backup, archiving and compliance, which is why LTO
4 drives are so highly anticipated by customers trying to temper the data
LTO 4 powers drives with greater performance and capacity than LTO
Generation 3 could muster, said Craig Butler, business line executive for
archive, IBM Systems Storage.
Specifically, IBM’s new tape systems transfer data up to 240 megabytes per
second, or 50 percent faster than LTO 3, and boast cartridge capacity to 1.6
boost shortens backup windows while the capacity jump and compression
reduces storage consumption.
Available in May, the new drives include the:
second of data transfer and 800GB native capacity (1.6 TB with 2:1 compression). Prices are $5,170 for the TS2340 LVD SCSI version and $5,681 for the TS2340 SAS version.
with either Low Voltage Differential (LVD) SCSI, 4Gbps Fibre Drive, or new
3Gbps dual-port Serial-attached SCSI (SAS) for $5,770.
drives with either LVD SCSI, 4Gbps Fibre, or 3Gbps dual port SAS for $5,770.
with up to 316.8 TB native storage slot capacity and up to 18 LTO 4 4Gbps
Fibre or dual-port SAS hot-swappable tape drives for $16,530.
features and Multi-Path architecture; scales up to 16 frames, 192 tape
drives, and over 6,000 cartridge slots for up to 10 petabytes
IBM’s announcement comes a week after Dell trotted out its PowerVault
LTO-4-120 drives. Like IBM’s new systems, Dell’s LTO-4-120 features
encryption, 800GB native capacity and a 50 percent performance increase over
the previous generation.
Dell is shipping the drives today, with pricing for the external standalone
Dell PowerVault LTO-4-120 drive starting at about $4,000.
Sun Microsystems, HP and other systems vendors are expected to come to
market in the coming days or weeks.
IBM wasn’t done with its storage news this week. In addition to the LTO 4
drives, Butler also said IBM completed the newest member to its virtual tape
The IBM Virtualization Engine for Open Systems TS7520, the follow up to the
last year, uses SATA
servers connected over Fiber Channel
be available June 8.