In June 1997, IBM rolled out the IBM Magstar Tape Drive Model B1A which offers users:
The box measures 12.6 inches in width by 13.3 inches deep by 4.4 inches high, and weighs 19 pounds. It can be attached to IBM RS/6000, IBM POWERparallel SP systems, and non-IBM servers, workstations and personal computers that support Fast/Wide SCSI-2 differential interface specifications. Support for the Model B1A is provided in the AIX/6000 operating environment. At announcement, the Model B1A could be purchased for $8,500, and was scheduled for first deliveries in September 1997.