Quantum Targets Oracle-Sun Tape Archive Customers

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-10-26 Print this article Print

StorNext 4.1, coming out in December, includes an archive conversion feature designed to simplify migration from legacy archive platforms. First target: Oracle.

Quantum is making no bones about which market it's raiding with the new archive conversation feature it unveiled Oct. 25 for the latest StorNext system: All those companies that invested in Sun-StorageTek (now Oracle) tape archives during the last two decades.

StorNext 4.1, coming out in December, includes an archive conversion feature designed to simplify migration from legacy archive platforms. The first product line Quantum wants to replace are the tape systems-many of them 15 years old or more-built and serviced by Oracle's StorageTek division.

Chris Duffy, Quantum's product marketing manager, told eWEEK that the first release of this conversion tool supports the conversion of data from Oracle/Sun's SAM-FS and QFS software platform.

Many of those old digital tape machines work just fine, and their owners generally aren't inclined to make a change unless the system shows signs of failure. But Quantum wants to be there with an alternative that works-if and when something does happen.

"There's been a lot of uncertainty in the market [since Oracle acquired Sun in January 2010]. People don't know if Oracle will continue to support STK [StorageTek, which had been acquired by Sun for $4.1 billion in 2005]," Chris Duffy, Quantum's product marketing manager, told eWEEK.

Oracle has said little about a road map for StorageTek, its Colorado-based tape storage franchise, which has a loyal installed base.

StorNext's new Archive Conversion Utility scans terabytes or petabytes of archived data on tape media and can access it within hours-instead of weeks or months-to start a data migration to StorNext, Duffy said.

Quantum enables storage admins to transfer only file system structure and metadata information about the associated data files to the StorNext Storage Manager file server. Once the transfer completes, normally within a matter of hours, all non-StorNext files on original media can be accessed and modified from the StorNext File System, Duffy said.

This allows administrators to control data movement over time from the legacy media to StorNext Storage Manager without disrupting an organization's business operations, Duffy said.

Earlier this year, Quantum added LTO-5 tape technology support to StorNext software.

StorNext's ACU with support for SAM-FS/QFS migration will be available from Quantum's worldwide distributors and partners in December 2010, Duffy said.

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 Salesforce.com 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 DevX.com 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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