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Oracle introduces new high capacity 8.5 TB tape drive

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September 13, 2013

Oracle said earlier this morning that it has introduced a new high capacity tape drive that provides 8.5 TB of storage capacity.

Oracle's new Storage Tek T-10000-D is fairly quick at transfering uncompressed data at 252 MB per second, and at 756 MB per second with a 3:1 compression ratio.

Its 252 MB per second data rate is actually 57.5 percent faster than LTO-6's 160 MB per second.

And LTO-6 stores just 3.2 TB of data, considerablt less than half the T-10000-D's capacity. The T-10000-D cartridge, which uses the same media as the previous T-10000-C format, stores 54 percent more information than the T-10000-C.

This means that you can transfer data from T-10000-C media to the "D" media and free up large data sets of tape cartridge capacity in the process.

A Streamline SL-8500 tape library can hold more than 68 exabytes of data using the "D" cartridge. A Clipper Group senior analyst, David Reine, says-- "According to Oracle's calculations, a 1 PB T-10000-D tape drive can cost about 20 percent less and can consume about 20 percent less floor space than with LTO-6 in Oracle's Storage Tek SL-3000 Library."

Oracle adds-- "Enterprise customers can drag-and-drop multiple LTO LTFS-enabled volumes onto a single Storage Tek T-10000-D cartridge for large data consolidation projects."

The new "D" format is, Oracle claims, "19 percent faster than the IBM TS-1140, while storing more than twice the data per cartridge".

It also says its T-10000-D is the first tape drive that supports both 16 Gbit per second Fibre Channel and 10 Gbit per second Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE).

A Data Integrity Validation (DIV) feature as tape cartridge validity can be checked without going back to the application that wrote the data. The T-10000-D drive is backward-read compatible with all three previous generation T-10000 tapes.

Oracle has also added to its LTFS offering with the LTFS library edition (LTFS LE). It supports LTFS indexing and file drag-and-drop tape to/from disk functionality and features:

  • Digital media distribution to support file-based workflow and broadcast production and play-out operations.
  • Storage and archive of 2K, 4K, and 8K (IMAX) digital formats.
  • On-set capture and backup of video footage from digital cameras.
  • Oracle says it provides "a simple, low cost, open format interface for sharing data on tape between users and between applications and enables users to find files in the host tape library by eliminating the need to re-mount tape cartridges to retrieve index data or cartridge information such as volume information, file type, file size and creation date".

    Tom Coughlin, founder and CEO of storage consultants Coughlin Associates says-- "LTFS implemented at the library level is a significant step forward for the LTFS industry initiative and we expect it will dramatically increase the utilization of LTFS and open up new opportunities for tape storage."

    "In particular, I expect the media and entertainment industry, already an early adopter of LTFS at the drive level, to quickly embrace LTFS implemented at the tape library level," he added.

    Oracle's two new products can be seen at the IBC 2013 conference in Amsterdam inside the Oracle exhibit, Hall 9. Pricing and availability were not yet available as we went to press.

    In other IT news

    IBM is planning to outsource its Business Process Outsourcing customer services after last night's confirming plans to divest of its unit to Synnex Corp for about $505 million, mostly in cash and some stock.

    Under the specific terms of the transaction, Synnex will pay $430 million in cash and $75 million in stock to take on 45,000 soon-to-be-ex IBM ex employees operating across a network of more than fifty global delivery centres.

    The new division will be housed in the Concentrix subsidiary and will enter into a "multi-year agreement" with IBM, the firms said.

    Kevin Murai, president and CEO at Synnex, claims that the acquisition will make it a "global top-ten player in this growing market".

    Synnex will provide "customer care" BPO services to clients in twelve industry sectors, the company added. Big Blue said last night that it will continue to invest in the BPO services space in areas including finance and administration, procurement and supply chain management, HR and Smarter Workforce, and mortgage origination and servicing.

    John O'Brien, research analyst at Tech Market View, said "IBM's goal is to better exploit its investments in software and platforms and to then align them more closely with BPO".

    This divestiture signals a major shift in the way IBM intends to deliver its BPO services which could have significant implications for the market, said O'Brien.

    He added that it was clear for a while now that IBM views customer services "at an increasingly commodity end of Business Process Services".

    "To be sure, social, mobile, analytics and the cloud are rapidly transforming this segment, but Big Blue wants to support clients through this customer experience transformation, rather than deliver the actual operations," he said.

    The transaction is expected to close in the next couple of months subject to regulatory requirements and customary closing conditions.

    In other IT news

    Cisco said late yesterday that it intends to acquire flash array startup Whiptail for about $415 million, catapulting it full tilt into the storage market and, in the process, seriously threatening its close relationship with EMC.

    Cisco's CEO John Chambers said-- "Whiptail will strengthen Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS) strategy and enhance application performance by integrating scalable solid state memory into the UCS's fabric computing architecture."

    It added that making storage faster and bringing it closer to its servers will speed applications such as virtual desktops and data analytics.

    Cisco said it "is evolving the UCS architecture by integrating data acceleration capabilities into the compute layer. Integrating Whiptail's memory systems with UCS at a hardware and manageability level will simplify enterprise customers' data centre environments by delivering the required performance in a fraction of the data centre floor space with unified management for provisioning and administration."

    Whiptail has ACCELLA and INVICTA all-flash arrays for enterprises and the WT-1100 for small and medium businesses. It competes with other all-flash array startups such as Kaminario with its K2 product, Nimbus Data, Pure Storage, Skyera, SolidFire with its cloud focus, and Violin Memory which has just filed for an IPO.

    Dell has its all-flash Compellent array variant. HDS has its in-house flash array initiative. For its part, HP has its all-flash 3Par 7450. IBM has its acquired TMS flash array technology. NetApp is building its own FlashRay product and EMC has its acquired XtremIO all-flash storage arrays, due to be launched before the end of 2013.

    Whiptail was founded in Whippany, New Jersey, in 2008 by James Candelaria, currently its chief technology officer. Its funding history looks like this: in December 2012 a $31 million cash injection was made with, apparently, Cisco participating as well as SanDisk.

    In March 2012, there was a $9.5 million investment made in private equity funding. We estimate that the A-round was up to $15 million and the B-round up to $20 million, which would place total funding in the $75.5 million area, making the $415 million acquisition price a 500 percent return for the investors.

    Source: Oracle.

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