Oracle Scales Up StorageTek LTO-5 Tape Libraries

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-07-26 Print this article Print

Oracle reveals high availability and capacity enhancements to its Sun StorageTek tape libraries and drives.

There's been a lot happening in the LTO-5 tape world lately.

On July 26, Oracle revealed high availability and capacity enhancements to its Sun StorageTek tape libraries and drives.

On July 19, the LTO-5 Ultrium industry group, led by IBM and Hewlett-Packard, came out with an update on the overall industry that claims enterprises are purchasing digital tape at a continued high level for archiving purposes, despite the increasing popularity-and lowered cost-of spinning disk and cloud-based storage.

Back in June, high-end tape vendor Spectra Logic announced that it is getting into the LTO-5 market. Tandberg, Quantum, Maxell and Overland already are deeply enmeshed in the sector.

The LTO (Linear Tape-Open) Ultrium format is open-standards tape storage that is the greenest type of storage, since when storage is finished, the data is completely at rest.

LTO-5 media cartridges have a native capacity of 1.5 TB (3TB with 2:1 compression) and a native transfer rate of up to 140 megabytes per second (280 megabytes per second in compressed mode). The media capacity of LTO-5 is almost twice the capacity of LTO-4's native 800GB.

Now for the Oracle news. For starters, the company has beefed up its high-end StorageTek SL8500 Modular Library System to support LTO-5 tape drives and to include an increase in scalable capacity from 70,000 to 100,000 tape slots and redundant electronics.

Thanks to the new 1.5TB of native capacity and a throughput of 140 megabytes per second uncompressed, the enhanced tape libraries offer a 90 percent increase in capacity over LTO-4 drives and a 16 percent improvement in overall performance, Oracle said.

The new libraries are also more energy-efficient, consuming 48 percent less power when idle, Oracle said.

Oracle claims the StorageTek LTO-5 drive-coupled with the StorageTek SL8500 Modular Library System-makes this the first enterprise tape-automation system with up to 150PB of native storage capacity managed in a single tape library.

Oracle also said the StorageTek tape line works natively with Oracle Solaris, Enterprise Linux, Oracle VM, Exadata V2 server, Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g, Oracle applications and Sun servers, as well as other third-party mainframe and open systems products.

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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