Oracle Adds System Analytics for StorageTek Deployments

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-04-09 Print this article Print

StorageTek Tape Analytics is designed to simplify tape management by eliminating manual intervention, which saves time and improves operations.

Oracle has added an analytics option to the administration of StorageTek, the tape storage franchise it inherited in the Sun Microsystems acquisition.

The Redwood City, Calif.-based giant on April 9 announced Oracle's StorageTek Tape Analytics, which is intelligent, automated monitoring and management software for StorageTek tape libraries.

Many StorageTek deployments can number in the thousands of cartridges, so the automated control of tape management in these cases is a welcome addition to many IT shops.

Management, Not Data Analytics

Oracle said that StorageTek Tape Analytics is designed to simplify tape management by eliminating manual intervention, which saves time and improves operations. It should be made clear that this software does not perform analytics on the data stored on the tape.

The analytics software captures library, drive and media performance metrics and presents them to a single control console. It can proactively identify potential problems--such as capacity limitations, intrusion entry points, and others--while providing immediate recommendations to prevent data loss, Oracle said.

StorageTek Tape Analytics also allows rapid drill-down into detailed drive and media health specifics, enabling users to proactively make decisions about their tape infrastructure, as well as  reduce downtime and data management resources, Oracle said.

Key features, according to Oracle, include:

  • monitoring of tape infrastructure globally from a single analytics management server deployment. (This single, global view is also ideal for users with cloud deployments using tape for backup or archive. Additional management servers and switches are not required at each library location.)
  • use of the management server to gather data directly from the tape libraries, rather than interrupting the data path and exposing sensitive data to a separate monitoring environment.
  • scalability to meet the needs of the largest archives.
Oracle will host a Webcast April 10 at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET to provide more information on the new software package. 

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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