ADIC Mixes Tape, Fibre Channel

Tape libraries for mid-range and data center uses are now shipping with dual 2 Gbps Fibre Channel adapters from Advanced Digital Information Corp.

Advanced Digital Information Corp. is shipping tape libraries for mid-range and data center use with dual 2 Gbps Fibre Channel adapters.

"What were announcing is the integration of storage networking within the tape library," Jeff Eckard, product manager at ADIC, said on Monday.

ADIC, of Redmond, Wash., also is now shipping a new management console, data path conditioning, firewall security for storage-area networks, data movement and multiple fabric support, officials said.

The Fibre Channel functionality, specifically for the companys Scalar 100 and Scalar 1,000 series products, was obtained when ADIC acquired Pathlight Technology Inc., of Ithaca, N.Y., in January.

Late in 2002 or early in 2003, ADIC will add iSCSI support and tighter application integration with the tapes and the buffering features, officials said.

The Scaler 100 starts at $28,700 and holds up to 14.4 terabytes. The Scaler 1,000 starts at $63,900 and holds up to 38 terabytes in one cabinet, or 190 terabytes with expansion modules, Eckard said.

An early user of the ADIC 1,000 is Microsoft Corp., in its implementation of the U.S. Geological Surveys aerial imaging project. The joint site has about 300 million images and 40,000 daily users, and the ADIC technology has improved reliability and performance, said Tom Barclay, TerraServer group program manager at Microsoft, also in Redmond.