Sun Upgrades Its Virtualized Tape Archive

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-05-19 Print this article Print

Tape may be a shrinking market, but numerous companies still rely on it for regular production use. Sun StorageTek Virtual Systems Manager has been upgraded with a threefold capacity increase, new connectivity options, an Access Expansion Module and new Enterprise Library software that combines Sun's mainframe software products into an easier-to-manage console.

Hard disk and solid-state storage make more headlines, but digital tape -- while a dwindling market overall -- is still a major production standard for a great number of enterprise users. Sun Microsystems, Tandberg, Imation, Quantum and others continue to invest in its development.

For example, Sun on May 19 unveiled new capacity and performance enhancements to its tape virtualization storage archive package, the Sun StorageTek Virtual Systems Manager.

New features included in the archive package include a threefold capacity increase for the Sun StorageTekVSM5 to 90 terabytes; new connectivity options; an Access Expansion Module, which enables 24/7 availability with fully redundant and replaceable robotics; and new Enterprise Library software that combines Sun's mainframe software products into an easier-to-manage console.

Sun also launched an entry-level version of the Sun StorageTek VSM 5 called VSM5e, which is targeted at customer disaster recovery and test sites and has a lower price point.

Sun also announced that Fujifilm will be the tape-media development partner for the next generation of the Sun StorageTek T10000 tape drive family. Sun and Fujifilm launched the industry's first 1TB tape drive in July 2008.

Despite the current economic landscape, Sun StorageTek VSM revenues have grown by double digits quarter-over-quarter versus last year to enterprise customers across a wide range of industries, a Sun spokesperson said.

Pricing for the VSM series starts at $355,650. For more product information and specifications, go here.

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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